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Dirty and 40 days in the wilderness: Eliciting childbirth and postnatal cultural practices and beliefs in Nepal

Sharma, S and van Teijlingen, E and Hundley, V and Angell, C and Simkhada, PP (2016) Dirty and 40 days in the wilderness: Eliciting childbirth and postnatal cultural practices and beliefs in Nepal. BMC PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH, 16 (147). ISSN 1471-2393

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Abstract

Pregnancy and childbirth are socio-cultural events that carry varying meanings across different societies and cultures. These are often translated into social expectations of what a particular society expects women to do (or not to do) during pregnancy, birth and/or the postnatal period. This paper reports a study exploring beliefs around childbirth in Nepal, a low-income country with a largely Hindu population. The paper then sets these findings in the context of the wider global literature around issues such as periods where women are viewed as polluted (or dirty even) after childbirth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine, 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1110 Nursing
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: BIOMED CENTRAL LTD
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 09:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1186/s12884-016-0938-4
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4236

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