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dc.contributor.authorMwoma, Teresa
dc.contributor.authorKituku, Jacqueline
dc.contributor.authorGitome, Josephine
dc.contributor.authorKahumbi, Newton
dc.contributor.authorNdegwa, Priscila
dc.contributor.authorMaina, Muthoni
dc.contributor.authorBagelman, Jen
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-14T12:26:00Z
dc.date.available2022-06-14T12:26:00Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationBagelman, J., Mwoma, T., Kituku, J., Gitome, J., Kahumbi, N., Ndegwa, P., & Muthoni, M. (2021). Role of traditional birth attendants in providing pre and postnatal care to mothers in refugee camps: a case of Ifo Camp Dadaab Kenya. International Journal of Pregnancy & Child Birth.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/23813
dc.descriptionA Research Article on the Role of Traditional Birth Attendants in Providing Pre and Postnatal Care to Mothers in Refugee Camps: a Case of Ifo Camp Dadaab Kenyaen_US
dc.description.abstractAccess to skilled birth attendance is critical in improving maternal and newborn health. However, in low resource settings, rural and refugee camps, professionally trained staff are often in short supply hence women tend to rely on traditional birth attendants (TBAs) for delivery. Despite knowledge that a health care facility delivery is safer, many women from low resource environments continue to seek for the care of TBAs. In order to understand the care provided to refugee women during pregnancy and after birth, in a refugee camp, a study was conducted in Ifo Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The aim of this article therefore, is to document findings on participants’ perspectives on pre and post-natal care provided to women in refugee camps during pregnancy and after birth. This was a qualitative study conducted in Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab Kenya. Nine participants were purposively selected for the study to give their perspectives on the role of TBAs in providing caregiving support to refugee women during pregnancy and after birth. The participants included two married men, three traditional birth attendants, two Somali pregnant women and two refugee safe mothers. Data was collected through focus group discussions and interviews. The data was beefed up with feedback from dissemination of preliminary findings to stakeholders’ validation conference held at Kenyatta University. Findings revealed that TBAs play a critical role in supporting women during pregnancy and after birth. However, they are not able to attend to complications associated to delivery. Among the caring support cited include, guiding and counselling pregnant women, educating them on the importance of attending antenatal clinics, massaging women during labour, praying for the baby after birth, and escorting women to the health facilities to take their babies for immunization. It was also apparent that TBAs advise pregnant women on the herbs they should have in stock while pregnant. In addition, they advise women to breast feed their babies immediately after birth. While TBAs are able to assist un complicated births at home, it was apparent that it becomes challenging for them to provide support for women with complication during the birth process. In view of this, it will be more helpful for TBAs to be encouraged to guide and advise pregnant women to deliver in the health care facility, where they can escort them to get professional attention during birth.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publishermed craveen_US
dc.subjectMidwifesen_US
dc.subjectTraditional birth attendantsen_US
dc.subjectSafe mothersen_US
dc.subjectRefugee womenen_US
dc.subjectPrenatal careen_US
dc.subjectPostnatal careen_US
dc.subjectCaregivingen_US
dc.subjectHome deliveryen_US
dc.titleRole of Traditional Birth Attendants in Providing Pre and Postnatal Care to Mothers in Refugee Camps: A Case of Ifo Camp Dadaab Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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