An Observation of the Practices of Two Urhobo Traditional Birth Attendants

Authors : Paulina Saad Dariah; Queen Ngerem

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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This qualitative study explores the practices of two Urhobo traditional birth attendants in Delta State of Nigeria. It utilizes interviews and observation over a one- year period to understand and document their practices. Interpretation of observations was through the perspective of an orthodox trained obstetrician with experience in emergency medicine.Findings include the practice of ‘rubbing’ which entails External Cephalic Version and the use of herbs in restricting growth of the baby and in the control of post- partum hemorrhage. The delivery of the baby and placenta as a unit for the purpose of resuscitation is particularly interesting and needs more rigorous research. The Urhobo TBA should not be disregarded. They seem to have a knowledge base that could be of benefit to the modern medicine. Further research is needed to document their ways and rigorously evaluate their practices. They can be partners and a valuable resource in the provision of maternal health care.

Keywords : Traditional Birth Attendant; Cultural Practices; Delivery of Placenta; Newborn Resuscitation; External Cephalic Version; Urhobo.


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