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

Roinah N. Ngunyulu, Fhumulani M. Mulaudzi, Mmampheko D. Peu
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 25 | a1468 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v25i0.1468 | © 2020 Roinah N. Ngunyulu, Fhumulani M. Mulaudzi, Mmampheko D. Peu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 April 2020 | Published: 09 December 2020

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Roinah N. Ngunyulu, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria; Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fhumulani M. Mulaudzi, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Mmampheko D. Peu, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

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.


Keywords

Experiences; Midwife; Post-natal care; Traditional birth attendant; Rural community

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