International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 329

Article in Press

Traditional maternal health beliefs and practices in Southern Tigray: A case study of Raya Alamata District

Hayelom Abadi Mesele

  •  Received: 07 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 June 2018
Maternal health is the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period which is crucial for the well-being of a mother and new born baby. Unfortunately, most women in Ethiopia do not receive these services due to perceived traditional beliefs and practices. Apparently, women in Raya Alamata District are no exception. Astonishingly, the issue of maternal health seems to have not been explored in detail so far in this district in particular. Thus, the overall objective of this study is to investigate the traditional maternal health beliefs and practices in Raya Alamata District, Southern Tigray. The researcher employed qualitative data collection methods like FGD, key informant and in-depth interview. The study population was the reproductive rural women (15-49 years old) who live in Raya Alamata District. The sample was selected from three Tabia by using judgmental sampling technique. The qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis in verbatim. According to the findings of the study, perceived cultural barriers such as religious and traditional health beliefs and practices such as zarr, confinement, mejilis, dubarti, food taboos and restriction of mobility after delivery highly affect the maternal health seeking behavior of rural women

Keywords: Antenatal care, beliefs, delivery care, maternal health, postnatal care, traditions