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Advisors: Mulumebet Zenebe
Copyright: Mar-2011
Date Added: 3-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Studies pertaining to the influence of culture on reproductive health in Ethiopia are limited. This study explores the practice of isolating women at times of labour and its reproductive health outcomes. The study is also concerned about identifying the social position of women in Gumuz society due to its importance to identify the health status of women and why the practice is sustained in the society. In order to attain the study objective, exploratory qualitative case study design of inquiry was applied using in-depth interview with women participants and key informants. Documentary films and document analysis are also used as instruments of data collection. The finding of the study revealed that Gumuz mothers deliver outside home without any midwives in bushes, pinches or near rivers. Some of the behind reasons for the sustenance of the practice are it is believed that if women deliver at home, the blood drop may call the anger of Musa (Supreme God of the people) and the cultural belief advised mothers to manage delivery by them to be a strong mother who can capably accomplish a women’s role. From this study the following conclusions are developed. Gumuz mother’s isolation at the time of delivery usually followed by morbidity, mortality. It is also a cause to infant mortality. Their access to health care services particularly during labour and delivery is highly constrained by the traditional belief the people have towards pregnancy and child birth as well as the long established usage of herbal medication system and scarcity of health care posts in the study area. Accordingly the researcher recommended awareness creation works on the recognition of women’s rights as human rights. Designing a distinguished maternal health policy for the country, women’s economic empowerment, domesticating international human rights in the local contexts up to the extent of illegalizing the practice, and working on the expansion
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3613
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