Factors influencing the use of Traditional Medicine during Labour among women attending maternity ward at Ishaka Adventist Hospital, Bushenyi District.
Traditional medicine use in pregnancy and labour remains widespread in developing countries while access to Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) in pregnancy is increasing in developed countries, yet the safety of these medicines is not well researched or monitored. This study was purposely to establish factors influencing the use of Traditional Medicine during labour among women attending maternity ward at Ishaka Adventist Hospital (IAH), Bushenyi district. A descriptive and cross-sectional study which employed quantitative method of data collection was used. The study was conducted in Maternity ward of Ishaka Adventist Hospital for a period of four weeks and data were collected by a Researcher. A total of 78 participants (postnatal mothers aged 15 to 35 years old in Maternity ward) were enrolled using purposive sampling technique. The study subjects were aged 15 to 35 years old and most 37(47%) were in the age group of 21-25 years. The majority 68 (87%) participants were married and 60% participants had more than one pregnancy. 52 (67%) had ever use traditional medicine during labour and least 26 (33%) have not. Out of 52 participants, 26 (50%) reasons for used were to prevent complication, 13 (25%) fearing e.g. mother/mother-in-law, 9 (17%) quicken delivery and 4 (8%) to lower labour pain. Out of 78, 39 (50%) agreed would discourage use of TM during labour, 33 (42%) were neutral and few 6 (8%) do not. The community members should be educated on the importance of hospital deliveries with skilled birth attendance and causes of failure of labour to progress.
Keywords: Traditional Medicine, hospital deliveries, labour, developing countries, Maternity ward.
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Kyarisiima Primah (2023).Factors influencing the use of Traditional Medicine during Labour among women attending maternity ward at Ishaka Adventist Hospital, Bushenyi District. IAA Journal of Biological Sciences 10(1):18-37