Exploring the Cultural Traditions and Beliefs Surrounding Ante-Natal, Post-Natal, and Postpartum Periods

This study had focused on exploring the cultural traditions and beliefs surrounding the ante-natal, post-natal, and postpartum periods. Pregnancy and childbirth are significant life events that are associated with different cultural beliefs and practices, which can vary across regions, ethnicities, and religions. Understanding these cultural traditions and beliefs, is important for healthcare providers to provide culturally sensitive care to pregnant and postpartum women. This study had used mixed method research design to explore the cultural traditions and beliefs surrounding the ante-natal, post-natal, and postpartum periods. The study was conducted on 110 subjects in the Nauni and its adjacent environs in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It involved in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with pregnant women and with the women who have at least one child and their families. The data collected was analyzed using thematic analysis to identify common cultural traditions and beliefs related to pregnancy and childbirth. The study aimed to provide insight into how cultural beliefs and practices influence healthcare-seeking behaviors, decision-making, and perceptions of care during the ante-natal, post-natal, and postpartum periods. The findings of this study can inform the development of culturally appropriate healthcare interventions and policies to improve maternal and child health outcomes.