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Research Article Open Access
In Jordan, despite being one of the most modern countries
in the Middle East, postnatal care services are still underutilized
by rural Jordanian mothers. The purpose of this study
is to explore, analyse and critique the postnatal cultural health
beliefs, knowledge and practices of rural Jordanian mothers.
Design: a critical ethnographic approach was used to
critically investigate the cultural health issues of 13 rural
Jordanian postpartum mothers from four rural areas in
the Northeast governorate which is characterized rural
populated governorate. The findings showed that rural
Jordanian mothers depended on the cultural health beliefs
and knowledge to perform the postnatal care practices.
Conclusion and recommendations: most of the rural Jordanian
postpartum mothers depended on cultural beliefs and practices
as a mode of health seeking behavior, in preference to available
government health care services for care of their infants. Thus
the rural Jordanian mothers are in need of supportive health
educational services to increase their level of health knowledge
and enhance the recommended health practices.
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Author(s): Jamila Abuidhail
Infant care, cultural health beliefs and practices, cultural health knowledge, Innovative primary care, Primary care medicines, Advanced concepts in primary care