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Zimbabwean Ndebele perspectives on alternative modes of child birth

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dc.contributor.advisor Van der Wal, Dirk Mostert
dc.contributor.advisor Human, Susara Petronella,1952- Chamisa, Judith Audrey 2014-11-17T09:46:44Z 2014-11-17T09:46:44Z 2013-12
dc.identifier.citation Chamisa, Judith Audrey (2013) Zimbabwean Ndebele perspectives on alternative modes of child birth, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The study explored cultural perspectives of the Zimbabwean Ndebele on alternative modes of childbirth. A qualitative generic, exploratory and descriptive design guided the study. The problem is that alternative modes of birthing are not acceptable to the Zimbabwean Ndebele. Women who give birth through alternative modes of birthing, which include caesarean section (CS) instrumental deliveries (ID) and any other unnatural modes are stigmatised. Data were collected from purposively selected samples of women who had given birth through alternative modes of birthing, spouses, mothers-in-law, community elders, sangomas (traditional healers) and traditional birth attendants (TBAs) using individual unstructured in-depth interviews, structured interviews and focus group interviews (FGIs). Data were analysed through use of qualitative content analysis which involved verbatim transcripts. Interpretations of narrations of data and script reviewing were done while simultaneously listening to audio-tapes which were transcribed in the IsiNdebele the language that was used to collect data. Data were then translated into English to accommodate all readers. Accounts of all the informants that were interviewed point to effects of supernatural ancestral powers, infidelity and use of traditional and herbal medicines as cause for “tiedness” (labour complications), a concept that showed a strong thread throughout the study. Study findings illuminated that traditional practices are culture-bound and the desire is to perpetuate the valued culture. Recommendations made from the study are; cultural orientation of local and foreign health workers, cultural consultation and collaboration with sangomas (traditional healers) and particular recognition of the significance of the study as a cultural heritage of the Zimbabwean Ndebele society. Further research on how women and their spouses cope with the grieving process after experiencing the crisis and grief following CS is recommended. With all the recommended areas addressed, Zimbabwean Ndebele would find alternative modes of birthing acceptable. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 330 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Alternative modes of childbirth en
dc.subject Caesarean section en
dc.subject Birthing en
dc.subject Tradition en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Beliefs en
dc.subject Practices en
dc.subject Experience en
dc.subject Perspectives en
dc.subject.ddc 618.4
dc.subject.ddc Childbirth--Zimbabwe
dc.subject.ddc Birth customs--Zimbabwe
dc.subject.ddc Ndebele (African people)--Medicine
dc.subject.ddc Ndebele (African people)--Rites and ceremonies
dc.subject.ddc Delivery (Obstetrics)
dc.subject.ddc Maternal health services--Zimbabwe
dc.title Zimbabwean Ndebele perspectives on alternative modes of child birth en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Health Studies en D. Lit. et Phil. (Health Studies)

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