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Placenta Processing: Sociocultural Considerations and Impact on the Future of Child in Benin | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2375-4494

Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
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Research Article

Placenta Processing: Sociocultural Considerations and Impact on the Future of Child in Benin

Fiossi-Kpadonou É1,4, Kpadonou GT2-4*, Azon-Kouanou A3,4 and Aflya MG5

1Department of Psychiatry of National Teaching Hospital (CNHU) of Cotonou, Benin

2Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine of National Teaching Hospital (CNHU) of Cotonou, Benin

3Department of Internal Medicine of National Teaching Hospital (CNHU) of Cotonou, Benin

4Faculty of Health Sciences of Cotonou, Abomey Calavi University, Benin

5Liberal Psychologist Cotonou, Benin

*Corresponding Author:
Toussaint G Kpadonou
Department of Physical and Rehabilitation
Medicine of National Teaching Hospital
(CNHU) of Cotonou, Benin
Tel :
00229 97588926
E-mail: kpadonou_toussaint @yahoo.fr

Received Date: March 26, 2015; Accepted Date: July 16, 2015; Published Date: July 21, 2015

Citation: Fiossi-Kpadonou É, Kpadonou GT, Azon-Kouanou A, Aflya MG (2015) Placenta Processing: Sociocultural Considerations and Impact on the Future of Child in Benin. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:222. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000222

Copyright: © 2015 Fiossi-Kpadonou É, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

Abstract

Background: In Benin, placenta requires a heavily symbolic meaning. It is handed over to the family immediately after delivery and becomes an object of special care, even before the first body care to the newborn. Objective: To study the sociocultural considerations variants of placenta processing and their influence on the future of children in Benin. Methods: It was a prospective cross-sectional and descriptive study, referred on families of children aged 0-15 days. 180 questionnaires administered on a purposive sampling method, 150 were actually exploited. Results: For 84.7% of the families, placenta has been handled in the traditional ritual unchanged and in 15.3% of cases placenta manipulations different from sociocultural norms were observed. Placenta was buried in 81.3%, including 39.3% without accessories, and immersed in 07.3% of families. Conclusion: There is a strong link between the child and/or his family and placenta seen in the role of conservation, protection, requiring caution to the place of processing, eye and bad intentions. For centuries, and in almost all traditions, sociocultural considerations and care to placenta also maintain a certain psychological and social balance, hence its interest in psychotherapy. Will these sociocultural considerations of placenta and its strong link with the future of the child resist a long time to the changes of the society?

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