Postpartum health beliefs and practices among women in south Karnataka: transcultural approach to postnatal care

Karkada, Eva Chris (2011) Postpartum health beliefs and practices among women in south Karnataka: transcultural approach to postnatal care. The Journal of Nursing Trendz, 2 (3).

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Abstract

This paper was developed from the theoretical perspective of transcultural care in Midwifery. Nurses, locally and globally, are facing new and complex challenges on account of living in a culturally diverse and dynamic world. This paper provides a timely opportunity to reflect on some of these challenges faced by midwives in postnatal care and the various ways in which they can respond effectively to them. The postpartum period is one of the special times in a woman's life when her physiology can be completely rejuvenated to strengthen the mind and body. Postpartum health beliefs and practices among South Indians are distinct and are followed regardless of religion and is practiced by those of any lifestyle or belief. Culture is often related to notions of well-being, illness, healing and health that inform individuals in their day-to-day activities. The postpartum period is noted for traditional practices related to rest, healing and the consumption of food and drinks, but a contemporary view of these practices is needed.The aim of this paper is to gain an understanding of the traditional practices that women in South Karnataka follow in relation to postpartum care and the rationales underpinning such practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postnatal mother, transcultural nursing, postnatal care, newborn care
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Mangalore
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2012 10:17
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2012 10:17
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/1874

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