Faculty Publications

Title

Folklore linked to pregnancy and birth in Nigeria

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Western Journal of Nursing Research

Volume

22

Issue

2

First Page

189

Last Page

202

Abstract

As a part of a safe motherhood project implemented in eastern Nigeria between 1992 and 1996, in-house interviews were conducted with rural women and traditional birth attendants in the seven states of eastern Nigeria. The overall project was designed to contribute toward the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity through the involvement of community leaders and women's organizations in women's health activities in rural Nigeria. It also focused on identifying and addressing some of the underlying cultural factors in maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria. Findings from the interview show that women in rural eastern Nigeria still hold many folklore beliefs about pregnancy and childbirth, and some of these beliefs lead to delay in the referral of complications to hospitals.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2000

DOI of published version

10.1177/019394590002200206

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