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1. Kaingu CK, Oduma JA, Kanui TI: Practices of traditional birth attendants in Machakos District, kenya. J Ethnopharmacol; 2011 Sep 1;137(1):495-502
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  • [Title] Practices of traditional birth attendants in Machakos District, kenya.
  • ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The aim of the study was to document TBAs practices as well as the indigenous herbal remedies they use to manage pre, intra and post partum complications in a rural Kenyan community.
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted on practicing TBAs and their clients living in the study area.
  • Data was collected using structured questionnaires and interviews.
  • Focused group discussions were held with the TBAs to supplement the interviews and questionnaire survey.
  • RESULTS: Two hundred TBAs and 20 clients were interviewed.
  • The majority of the TBAs were females 75% of them having attended to over 200 pregnant women over a period of 5 years and above compared to only 6% of the males.
  • A total of 10 pregnancy related complications and symptoms including threatened abortion, labor complications, post partum hemorrhage and retained after birth were recorded.
  • Fifty five plant species most of them belonging to Euphorbiaceae family were identified for the management of the complications.
  • CONCLUSION: Traditional Birth Attendants still have a role to play in assisting pregnant women in rural communities.
  • Their knowledge on herbal medicines is equally important and should be preserved for posterity.
  • [MeSH-major] Attitude of Health Personnel. Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice. Medicine, African Traditional. Midwifery. Plant Preparations / therapeutic use. Pregnancy Complications / drug therapy
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. African Continental Ancestry Group. Cross-Sectional Studies. Cultural Characteristics. Female. Focus Groups. Folklore. Health Care Surveys. Humans. Interviews as Topic. Kenya / epidemiology. Male. Middle Aged. Plants, Medicinal. Pregnancy. Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • [Copyright] Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • (PMID = 21679761.001).
  • [ISSN] 1872-7573
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of ethnopharmacology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Ethnopharmacol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Ireland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Plant Preparations
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