Traditional birth attendants’ experiences during the provision of post-natal care in Mopani District, Limpopo province of South Africa

Health SA Gesondheid


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Traditional birth attendants’ experiences during the provision of post-natal care in Mopani District, Limpopo province of South Africa
 
Creator Ngunyulu, Roinah N. Mulaudzi, Fhumulani M. Peu, Mmampheko D.
 
Subject Indigenous knowledge; Traditional Birth Attendants; Midwifery Experiences; Midwife; Post-natal care; Traditional birth attendant; Rural community
Description Background: South African maternity care guidelines stipulate that post-natal patients can be discharged within 6 h after delivery, provided that the condition of mothers and neonates do not require medical, surgical or obstetric attention. Hence in many instances post-natal care is rendered at home by traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Traditional birth attendants play a crucial role in the care of women during pregnancy, birth and puerperium within communities.Aim: To explore and describe the experiences of TBAs during the provision of post-natal care to mothers and their neonates in order to make recommendations to improve the quality of post-natal care delivered at home.Setting: The community hall of a selected rural traditional community was used as a setting for data collection.Methods: A qualitative, exploratory and descriptive design was used. Three focus groups were held with 26 TBAs whom were purposively selected. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.Results: The study confirmed two categories that included: lack of supportive working relationships between TBAs and midwives and lack of respect of TBAs, by post-natal women.Conclusion: It is evident that the TBAs experienced negative experiences. Therefore, initiation of teamwork, empowerment and confidence development are crucial to improve the working experiences of TBAs during the provision of post-natal care. Quality post-natal care might reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rates. Teamwork between TBAs and midwives might be initiated. Continuity of care for post-natal women might be improved.
 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
 
Contributor University of Pretoria
Date 2020-12-09
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative; exploratory; descriptive
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v25i0.1468
 
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 25 (2020); 8 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
 
Language eng
 
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Coverage South Africa; Limpopo Province; Mopani District 2010-2020 26 TBAs; Purposive selection
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