The Influence of Culture in Determining Pregnancy Care: Official Village Midwives Versus Traditional Birth Attendants in Remote Area

Authors

  • Masyudi
  • Said Usman
  • Tika Indiraswari
  • TM Rafsanjani
  • Evi Dewi Yani
  • Yulidar
  • Husna

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15853

Keywords:

Culture, Official Village Midwives, Traditional Birth Attendants

Abstract

Background: The high rate of maternal and infant mortality in Indonesia in the past year can be influenced by
the habits of the community who prefer Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the childbirth. In fact, TBAs
are not health profession and do not have competency standards to assist with childbirth, thus increasing
the risk of maternal and infant mortality. This article aimed to determine the influence of culture on the
community’s habit of choosing TBAsor official village midwives (OVMs)in childbirth process in remote
areas.Methods: A cross-sectional study was used. The respondents were mothers who gave birth in the
last one year in one remote sub-district in Aceh. TBAs and official village midwiveswereobserved and indepth interviews were also conducted.Resultsand Discussions:The results of this study showed community
attitudes about cultural influences during pregnancy, such as TBAs-assisted delivery is a cultural belief
that must be followed.Hence, factors that influence the choice of mothers in using OVMs or TBAs:cultural
beliefs and norms, and the role of the cultural leaders in making decisions. Conclusions: Culture plays an
important role in influencing people who live in remote areas to choose TBAs rather than the OVMs.

Author Biographies

Masyudi

Lecturer at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Serambi Mekkah, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Said Usman

Lecturer at Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Tika Indiraswari

Lecturer at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Serambi Mekkah, Banda Aceh, Indonesia,

TM Rafsanjani

Lecturer at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Serambi Mekkah, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Evi Dewi Yani

Lecturer at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Serambi Mekkah, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Yulidar

Lecturer at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Serambi Mekkah, Banda Aceh, Indonesia,

Husna

Lecturer at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Serambi Mekkah, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Masyudi, Said Usman, Tika Indiraswari, TM Rafsanjani, Evi Dewi Yani, Yulidar, & Husna. (2021). The Influence of Culture in Determining Pregnancy Care: Official Village Midwives Versus Traditional Birth Attendants in Remote Area. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 3573-3578. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15853

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