Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
In addition to health visitors, trained midwives are essential so that the activities of the untrained dai may be restricted. It has been the policy of some provincial Governments to utilise their maternity hospitals as a training ground for suitable women, and in Madras, for instance, numbers of qualified midwives pass out annually from these hospitals. Some employers have also recognised the benefits to be obtained from trained women. The Eastern Coal Company in Jharia have for some time past employed trained midwives and have recently appointed a maternity supervisor who has been engaged in training indigenous dais and attending women and children. For some years the Asansol Mines Board of Health has maintained three certificated midwives to give free attendance and advice to the women of the mining settlement, and during 1930 an experimental scheme for the training of dais at two selected centres was sanctioned by the Board. If maternity relief schemes for women workers are to succeed, trained midwives must be obtained to work in the child welfare and maternity relief centres under the health visitor, to attend confinements in the houses of the workers and to call in skilled help where necessary. Indeed, even with a woman doctor on the staff of the municipal or local board hospital, the medical service provided is incomplete without a number of these trained midwives, whose work outside should be linked up with the maternity wards and with the women's clinics.