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Health Care Women Int. 1997 Nov-Dec; 18(6): 565-74.

Old skills and new knowledge: midwifery in contemporary Zimbabwe.

Conway-Turner K.

Department of Individual and Family Studies, University of Delaware, Newark 19716, USA.

Sixty-one traditional birth attendants residing in the southern sector of Zimbabwe were interviewed concerning their midwifery practice. Traditional midwives were interviewed individually to gather information concerning: (a) the development of traditional midwifery skills, (b) the nature of traditional birthing patterns, (c) the features of the one-week midwifery training program provided to upgrade traditional midwives, and (d) traditional midwifery as practiced today, post the one-week training program. In describing past and present traditional midwifery, they reported a change in the use of sanitation practices, a heightened understanding of at-risk pregnancies and the need for formal medical intervention, and the adoption of mechanisms to record new births.

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