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Type Journal Article - Lokman Hekim Journal of History of Medicine and Folk Medicine
Title Traditional Health Practices In Mountain, Plain And Seaside Regions Of Adana In Turkey: Maternal And Infant Health
Author(s)
Volume 3
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 21-29
URL http://lokmanhekim.mersin.edu.tr/index.php/lokmanHekim/article/download/282/376
Abstract
Objectives: The purpose of this study is to identify the
traditional medical practices about maternal and child health
in mountain, plain, and seaside regions of Adana, and collect
information regarding this issue to hand down the knowledge
gathered to next generations. Method: Target population
of the study which was designed as a qualitative one is the
people who are settled in Adana. The study was conducted
with 10 participants who were born and have been living
in mountain, plain, and seaside regions of Adana, who did
not have communication problems, and who volunteered to
participate in the study. Results: It was found that people
residing in mountains, seaside, and plains used various
traditional health practices for maternal and child health.
These practices were collected under three main headings:
“practices in the prenatal period” “practices during delivery”
and “practices in the postpartum period”. Some of these
practices are useful, some of them are harmful, and some
of them are neither harmful nor useful. Conclusions: Health
professionals should inform people to whom they provide
health care regarding women health, pregnancy check-ups,
delivery help, and postpartum care services pertaining to
the disadvantages of traditional practices and advantages
of modern medicine. In this regard, it is essential for health
professionals to have knowledge of the traditional practices
as well as their advantages and disadvantages, and use this
knowledge effectively in their profession.

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