Cultural Practices During Pregnancy and Birth Among the Giriama Community in Coastal Kenya: A Qualitative Study
Okumu Ombere, Stephen | Haller, Tobias | Nyambedha, Erick | Author Bio Erick Nyambedha, BA, MA, PhD, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Maseno University, Kenya Merten, Sonja
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Pregnancy and childbirth are almost universally associated with culturally based ceremonies and rituals. Although the importance of giving birth in a healthcare facility is recognized among the Giriama community, many mothers continue to give birth in the village with traditional midwives. This ethnographic study explored the cultural context and practices of birthing among the indigenous Giriama of Kenya and how such practices may affect maternal and neonatal outcomes.