Show simple item record Matlala, Sogo France 2023-04-17T09:45:07Z 2023-04-17T09:45:07Z 2023
dc.identifier.issn 2186-8662
dc.description Journal article published in International Journal of Development and Sustainability Volume 12 Number 2 (2023): Pages 39-51 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to explore motivations and experiences of women who became traditional birth attendants in South Africa. The study was designed to clarify some potential advantages of their integration into the health system to sustain maternal and child health services. A qualitative thematic analysis of 15 transcripts of semi-structured interviews with traditional birth attendants from seven provinces of South Africa, obtained from Human Sciences Research Council repository, was conducted. Data was analysed thematically guided by the framework analysis approach. Findings show that a critical situation characterised by lack of access to health facilities, skilled birth attendants, and ambulances, motivated women to learn the required skills to assist pregnant women in their communities. They learned the required skills through observation and practice under the guidance of experienced elders and some nurses. Traditional births attendants operated without government support but continued to provide valuable services to communities. Given the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the health system and persistent challenges with access to skilled birth attendants, the role of traditional births attendants should be revived to participate in maternal and child health services as partners with government. This will strengthen safe and accessible birth and other health services for women within their communities. en_US
dc.format.extent 13 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher ISDS en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Ambulance en_US
dc.subject Apartheid en_US
dc.subject Birth Aattendant en_US
dc.subject Pregnancy en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Midwives en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Maternal health services -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pregnancy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pregnant women -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ambulance service en_US
dc.title An assessment of traditional birth attendants as an untapped human resource to help sustain the health system in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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