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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 152-155

Cultural practices related to postnatal care: A hospital-based study

Department of Community Medicine, BLDEU'S, SBMPMC, Vijayapur, Karnataka, India

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Rekha Udgiri
Plot No. 38 “OM,” Sadhashiva Nagar, Ashram Road, Vijayapur - 586 103, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_11_17

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Introduction: Culture is a learned behavior consisting of customs, beliefs, laws, religion etc acquired through generation, which has a profound influence on health and disease. Most of the cultural practice are based on centuries of keen observation, trial and error. These cultural practices and beliefs are not the same throughout India. with vast variations in language, food habits, dress, economics condition, tradition, beliefs. It has also absorbed, adopted and adapted outside cultures and influences, which have merged into Indian society. Not all customs and beliefs are harmful, some of them have positive values while others may be useless or positively harmful to mother health. Hence an understanding of various traditional postnatal care practices is therefore essential ,if effective behavior change strategies are to be developed and help the planners to formulate effective intervention strategies and provide timely assistance to the mothers. Therefore the present study is undertaken to know the cultural practices related postnatal care of mother in north Karnataka state. Objectives: (1) To explore the traditional belief and practices related to postnatal care. (2) To provide health education to all postnatal mothers regarding harmful practices. Methodology: Study design: cross sectional study. Study period; 2 months. Study population; All the postnatal mothers during the study period were included in study Sample size; Based on Hospital records and considering the frequency of delivery occurring in the BLDEU shri BMPMC,vijayapura ,a minimum of 200 postnatal mothers (purposive sampling)will be interviewed during the study period. Statisistical test; proportion, chi-square test.

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