This research was conducted in order to identify traditional methods that women use for labor and factors affecting them.
Method: This research was conducted with 316 women who gave birth vaginally in the postpartum service of a public hospital
in the eastern part of Turkey. The data is collected with participant information forms prepared by the researcher. For statistical
analysis, percentage, average, Independent Samples t-test, Kruskal Wallis, and One-way ANOVA tests were used.
Results: In the research, it was found that all women used at least one traditional method for labor, and the number of traditional
methods used for labor is 2.52±1.18 on the average. In the research, it was stated that women with more pregnancy, with a
nuclear family, and those who did not experience miscarriage used more traditional methods (p<0.05). It was found that the
traditional methods women used to reduce labor pain are, in order of prevalence, reading Kouran, using charms, and going or
not going to shrines. Traditional methods they use to accelerate the labor are applying soap to their abdomen, eating various
vegetables, frequently having intercourse with their husband, and eating powdered eggs. 84.8% of women indicated that they
have learned traditional methods from their social environment, and 75.3% of them stated that they were supported by their
husbands to use traditional methods.
Conclusion: In the research, it was found that women still used traditional methods to a great extent in order to alter the labor
process. Since women learn traditional methods mostly from their social environment, and as their husbands mostly approve
traditional methods, it can be argued that the use of traditional methods will continue to be prevalent. For this reason, health
professionals should be sensitive to traditional methods that women use.