ERIC Number: ED326303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Pregnancy, Birth, Infant and Child Care: Midwifery Skill and Knowledge.
This presentation, which is based in part on a cross-cultural survey of East Africans and also on research conducted in Ethiopia, highlights the importance of traditional knowledge of midwifery. Examples of traditional skills in pregancy and birth care, and of child care and child rearing in several East African countries, are offered. It is argued that midwives are the key people in launching sound and successful ways for bearing and bringing up children, and for giving them a bright future. Midwives have a crucial role to play in the harmonious combination of the benefits of nature and necessary technological interventions. Background and introductory sections are followed by discussion of: (1) maternal and birth care, infant and child care, and child development and child rearing practices in East Africa; (2) benefits of traditional midwifery; and (3) a harmonious synthesis of modernity and tradition. It is concluded that the building of bridges between modernity and tradition will result in an improved cultural understanding of the role of midwifery in the promotion of safe motherhood and sound child development. A total of 32 references are cited. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Africa (East); Ethiopia; Infant Care; Maternal Health; Traditional Healing
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (22nd, Kobe, Japan, October 7-12, 1990).