Knowledge and practices of traditional birth attendants on pregnancy related obstetric complications and childbirth: A case study of Chilumba Area of Kapiri Mposhi District
Banda, Daniel Samson
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The objectives of this study were (a) to ascertain the knowledge of Traditional Birth Attendants on pregnancy related obstetric complication. (b) To identify the sources of knowledge for the Traditional Birth Attendants on the obstetric complications and (c) to identify the Practices done by Traditional Birth Attendants when obstetric complications are identified and examine the knowledge of consequences if obstetric complications are not treated. The sampling unit included all the Traditional Birth Attendants in the area at the time of the study and a total of 56 Traditional Birth Attendants were interviewed in the survey.The study design was purely anon experimental design which employed an exploratory investigation. This was for a simple reason that it was conducted in uncontrolled and natural setting. There was no control group in the research.The study collected data using the structured questionnaires with both open and close ended questions. SPSS was used in analyzing close ended questions and themes on open ended questions. Findings showed that the majority (75%) of the Traditional Birth Attendants were aware of pregnancy related obstetric complications that occur during pregnancy, during labour, post labour for the mother and the baby. The majority of the Traditional Birth Attendants indicated having heard and come across the obstetric complications during pregnancy 42(75%) and 38(68%), during delivery 48(85%) and 42(75%). The source of knowledge did include ADRA, PMCT, CHAZ, Clinic and practices when obstetric complications are observed did range from referring to clinic and giving traditional medicines. It is concluded that Traditional Birth Attendants can help in reducing the numbers of maternal death through constant supervision and can be used as the medium of change. There is need to provide the Traditional Birth Attendants with adequate information on pregnancy related obstetric complications.
University of Zambia
Master of Arts in Population Studies