Neonatal care practices in a tribal community of Odisha, India: a cultural perspective

Pati, Sanghamitra, Chauhan, Abhimanyu S., Panda, Madhusmita, Swain, Subhashish and Hussain, Mohammad A. (2014) Neonatal care practices in a tribal community of Odisha, India: a cultural perspective. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 60 3: 238-244. doi:10.1093/tropej/fmu005

Author Pati, Sanghamitra
Chauhan, Abhimanyu S.
Panda, Madhusmita
Swain, Subhashish
Hussain, Mohammad A.
Title Neonatal care practices in a tribal community of Odisha, India: a cultural perspective
Journal name Journal of Tropical Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6338
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/tropej/fmu005
Open Access Status
Volume 60
Issue 3
Start page 238
End page 244
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2015
Abstract Neonatal care practices have been shown to vary across tribal communities. This cross-sectional study was conducted in tribal block in Nabarangpur district of Odisha, India, to measure perinatal and antenatal practices by qualitative inquiries of 55 mothers who had babies aged <60 days and from 11 traditional birth attendants. Reasons for home deliveries were cited as easy availability of traditional birth attendants and family preferences. Application of indigenously made substances on umbilical stump and skin of the baby, bathing baby immediately after birth, late initiation of breast-feeding and 'Budu practices' were common. Cultural issues, decision of family members and traditional beliefs still play a crucial role in shaping neonatal care practice in tribal communities. Awareness on child care, ethnographic understanding of health-seeking behavior of tribal community and mobilization of community by health workers can be useful in improving health status of mothers and newborn babies in tribal population.
Keyword Cultural practices
Newborn care
Traditional belief
Tribal community
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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