Original Research

Traditional birth attendants in Bophuthatswana (Bo-Mmaabotsetse)

C. Ntoane
Curationis | Vol 11, No 3 | a144 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v11i3.144 | © 1988 C. Ntoane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 September 1988 | Published: 21 September 1988

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C. Ntoane, Department of Nursing Science, University of Bophuthatswana, South Africa

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A survey was conducted among the 104 traditional birth attendants (hommaabotsetse) in Bophuthatswana during the 1985 winter vacation. The objective of the survey was to estimate the number of women practising as well as provide their characteristics and practices. Findings revealed that bommaabotsetse were elderly women with an average age of 58 years, were married and had a considerable period of experience. Preference for delivery in a health service, which is not always accessible, is discussed with a suggestion of a few options. It is concluded that some women in rural Bophuthatswana make a conscious choice of home delivery even when modern delivery facilities are available. A training programme for bommaabotsetse with adequate support and supervision is recommended.

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