Title

Cultural beliefs and practices related to postpartum healthcare management in selected rural communities in Pila, Laguna

Date of Completion

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Maternity Nursing, Maternal and Child Welfare

Abstract

This study utilized non-experimental, descriptive research design. Actual data gathering taken from 100 willing postpartum mothers of child-bearing age (15-45 years old), was conducted in five selected rural communities in Pila, Laguna, namely Sta. Clara Sur, Labuin, Pinagbayanan, Masico, and Pansol in which twenty (20) respondents from each barangay represented the population. The respondents were chosen using non-probability convenience sampling. The questionnaire was adapted and modified from the undergraduate thesis of Tayam, Tonga, Trinidad, Vicente (2005). Data was analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean, t-test, and f-test. Despite the uncertainty of respondents to the cultural beliefs and practices regarding post-partum health care management, results showed that there were still respondents that continue to perform the aforementioned cultural beliefs and practices. There was no significant difference of cultural beliefs and practices regarding health care management with regard to the different independent variables of the study. This shows that performance of such beliefs and practices were influenced by constant practice and nurturing of immediate family members and elders of the community.

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