BELIEFS AND PRACTICES DURING PREGNANCY, LABOR AND DELIVERY, POSTPARTUM AND INFANT CARE OF WOMEN IN THE SECOND DISTRICT OF ILOCOS SUR, PHILIPPINES

Larguita P. Reotutar, Joussie B. Bermio

Abstract


and delivery, postpartum, and infant care of women who sought prenatal
check –up, consultation, confined, and delivered at the Ilocos Sur District
Hospital- Narvacan during the months of April, May and June of the Calendar
Year 2016. Results of the study revealed that a marked percentage of the
respondents are below 25 years old, college undergraduate, great majority are
from the barangay, married , have no job, and majority have a monthly family
income of 5,000 and below. The majority of the respondents are in their second
pregnancy and have 2 living children.
The respondents have “High” extent of beliefs. They “Agree” on the
beliefs that a pregnant woman will deliver a baby boy if her fetus have fast
heartbeat, a woman in labor should prohibit guest/s to stand near or at the door,
and at the stairs to prevent complications in labor, must not stay under the rain;
and not to take in cold drinks after giving birth so that she will not get easily
chilled; and newborns must have a rosary beside them when they are left alone by
the mother. They have “High” extent of practices. They do not hide their
pregnancy to avoid abnormalities; do not attend wakes and funerals or look to
dead to avoid fetus’ death; they walk during labor to facilitate descent of the fetal
head; and let their husband bury the placenta to end labor pains and bleeding.
Keywords: beliefs, practices, pregnancy, postpartum, infant care, Philippines

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