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2018, Cilt 9, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 150-155
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Sermin Timur Taşhan1, Saadet Boybay Koyuncu2
1İnönü Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Doğum Kadın Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Malatya, Türkiye
2Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Ebelik Bölümü, Adıyaman, Türkiye
Keywords: Birth, traditional method, affecting factors

Objective: 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.