Assesment of cultural beliefs and practices during the postnatal period in a costal town of South India - Amixed method research study

Rao, Chythra R and Dhanya, SM and Ashok, K and Niroop, SB (2014) Assesment of cultural beliefs and practices during the postnatal period in a costal town of South India - Amixed method research study. Global Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 3 (5). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2277-­9604

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Abstract

Back ground :The postpartum period continues to be an important part of the tradition and culture among Indian women. But frequently the health of the postnatal women is neglected. So, the present study aimed to explore the beliefs and practices in the postpartum period regarding diet, rest, hygiene and confinement and assess association between cultural practices and socio demographic characteristics. Methods :Acombinedquantitativeandqualitativestudy was carriedout in the rural areas ofUdupi district in Karnataka. Participants for the quantitative study were 110 women who had given birth in the past three months. This was followed by one focus group discussion (FGD) among twelve consentingm mothers at one of the rural health centers. Results: Among the 110 women, over 80% of women had increased their diet intake postpartum. Vegetables such as brinjal and fruits like papaya were avoided by 65.5% and 73.6% women respectively. Among the mothers 10.9% consumed less than 500 ml of water every day and 10% did not drink milk at all. Majority 94 (85%) were aware of vulval and perineal hygiene. Household work was avoided by 56% of the women while 86.3% avoided going outdoors. Many women took home remedies for faster recuperation. These practices were influenced by the socioeconomic status and the woman’s educational status. Conclusion:Traditional postpartum practices are still popular among women in rural Karnataka. It is critical to identify the harmful practices and reinforce the positive healthy practices to make postpartum period a healthy and joyful period for the mother.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postnatal; diet; hygiene; home remedies; mixed method study.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2014 08:49
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2014 08:49
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141358

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