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Traditional belief and practice on postpartum recovery among mothers in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Abdul Ghani, Radiah and Salehudin, Saezah (2018) Traditional belief and practice on postpartum recovery among mothers in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. In: Malaysia Technical Universities Conference on Engineering and Technology (MUCET 2017), 6-7 December 2017, Penang, Malaysia,.

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Postpartum care is highly important to prevent maternal and infant morbidity. In Malaysia, there are several traditional postpartum care practices by mothers. Different states adopted different ways to perform those practices. In spite of long and established practices in Malaysia, its effect and safety profile is not well understood. This study aims to gain an understanding of the traditional practices that Malay women follow in relation to postpartum care and the rationales underpinning such practices. A cross sectional study (n=100) was conducted using self-administered questionnaire consists of demographic information, practice of postpartum care and knowledge of postpartum care. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package Social Software (2.0). The findings shown that, there was no significant association of socio-demographic data with confinement period (p>0.05). For postpartum dietary practice, there were only association between age and encourage more water intake (p=0.047, p<0.05) and also between number of children and prohibit greasy food (p=0.032, p<0.05). For association between socio-demographic data and postpartum physical practice, there was only association between age and body scrub (p=0.046, p<0.05). The most significant factor that influenced postpartum care practice and its knowledge was family tradition with 83% and 97%, respectively. Traditional postpartum care practice is still significant and dominant among mothers in Kuantan, Pahang. This information is important for health care professional to educate women and provide strategies to help them to integrate their beliefs and the practices recommended in contemporary health care practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 4458/62624
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cross-sectional study, Demographic data, Demographic information, Health care professionals, Self-administered questionnaire, Social software, Statistical packages, Water intakes
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG551 Pregnancy
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Biomedical Science (Effective:1st July 2011)
Depositing User: Dr. Radiah Abdul Ghani
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 11:27
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/62624

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