Acknowledging the Three Delays Model’s historical importance in framing and documenting barriers to accessing maternity care, the speakers will use qualitative synthesis to highlight the limitations of its retrospective use. Findings from this synthesis, alongside data from a mixed-methods study conducted in Tanzania and Zambia, challenge the notion that the Three Delays Model is woman-centered. A new prospective model of women’s health empowerment is proposed, which encourages active discussion of individualized birth plans and effective birth preparedness.

If you would like to read more in advance, please find the links to two papers on the work that will be presented: