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Fırat Tıp Dergisi
2017, Cilt 22, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 034-042
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The Evaluation of the Known and/or Applied Traditional Methods in Mother Care During Postpartum Period Among Married Women Living in Kızıltepe, Mardin Province
Vasfiye BAYRAM1, Süleyman Erhan DEVECİ2
1Artuklu Üniversitesi, Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Mardin, Türkiye
2Fırat Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, Elazığ, Türkiye

Objective: The traditional applications of mother care during the postpartum period are important problems of public health. This research has been carried out to evaluate the traditional methods known and/or applied in mother care in the postpartum period by married women in Kızıltepe, Mardin Province.

Material and Method: The samples of the sectional research include 549 married women living in the town center and of the mentioned number 527 women were reached. The data of the research has been collected by sociodemographic characteristics, obstetric history and a questionnaire involving evaluation of traditional applications in mother care in the postpartum period administered face to face. The data has been evaluated using statistical package program by percentages, average and χ2 (chi-square) analysis.

Results: The average age of the women involved in the research is 36.77±12.39. 46.7% of whom informed that they had applied one of the traditional methods to themselves. As the women get older, as their and their husbands’ education levels go down and as the average income of the families decrease, correspondingly, the rate of applied or to be applied traditional methods increases (p<0.05). The proportion of application of traditional methods rises among those who regard their socio-economic conditions as bad and among those who think their health is getting worse (p<0.05). The proportion of women self-applying traditional methods was found high among those who had many children, who had given birth not at hospital and among those who sought other ways of treatment when they were ill rather than go to hospital (p<0.05).

Conclusion: As a result it has been determined that the attitude towards applying traditional methods in postpartum period is at a high proportion.

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