Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Dergisi 2012 , Vol 55 , Num 1
Traditional practice related to pregnancy, the natal and postnatal period and baby care (Karaman sample)
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Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey Üniversitesi Sağlık Yüksekokulu Öğretim Görevlisi This research was planned to describe the traditional practices related to pregnancy, childbirth, puerperality, and child care among women in Karaman and the relation with sociodemographic characteristics. Women who gave birth at least once and who belonged to a low sociocultural level constituted this research basis, in which a screening model was used. An interview form was prepared according to literature information and was conducted face-to-face (N=195). Data were analyzed with arithmetic average, and significance of a contrast point between traditional practices according to sociocultural characteristics was analyzed with t-test. Of the women who contributed to this research, 76.4% of them stated that women who cannot have a baby are “massaged on the middle back” by traditional midwives in order to have a baby, 77.9% stated that an herb (Fatma Ana Eli) can be used to ease childbirth, 75.8% stated that a red-colored syrup (bogard) can be used to ease childbirth, 64.1% stated that the baby and mother should not be left alone for 40 days, 58.9% stated that the babies were “salted”, and 66.1% stated that the baby’s legs were swaddled for obtaining normal shape. In light of the research results, constant and regular educational courses for women related to inappropriate traditional practices are suggested. Anahtar Kelimeler : geleneksel uygulamalar, bebek bakımı.
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