Understanding myths in pregnancy and childbirth and the potential adverse consequences: A systematic review

Norain Ahmad, Sharifah Fazlinda Syed Nor, Faiz Daud

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Abstract

The trend of choosing natural birth at home without proper supervision is gaining more attention and popularity in Malaysia. This is partly due to wrong beliefs of modern medical care. It prompts the need to explore further into other myths and wrong beliefs present in communities around the world surrounding pregnancy and childbirth that may lead to harmful consequences. A total of 25 literatures were selected and reviewed. The most reported wrong belief is the eating behaviour such as avoiding certain nutritious fruits besides eating saffron to produce fairer skinned babies which in fact contains high doses of saffron that may lead to miscarriage. The most worrying myth however, is that unregulated birth attendants such as doulas have the necessary knowledge and skills to manage complications in labour which may well end up in perinatal or even maternal death. Other myths suggested that modern medical care such as vaginal examinations and baby’s heart monitoring in labour as unnecessary. A well-enforced health education programme by well-trained healthcare personnel besides sufficient number of antenatal care visits are needed to overcome these myths, wrong beliefs and practices. In conclusion, potential harmful beliefs and practices in pregnancy and childbirth are still abound in today’s communities, not just in least developed and developing countries but also in developed countries. Women and children are two very vulnerable groups, therefore debunking myths and eliminating harmful practices should be one of a healthcare provider priority especially those in the primary care settings as they are the closest to the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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Pregnancy
Developing Countries
Doulas
Obstetric Labor Complications
Gynecological Examination
Maternal Death
Prenatal Care
Malaysia
Feeding Behavior
Spontaneous Abortion
Health Education
Developed Countries
Health Personnel
Fruit
Primary Health Care
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Keywords

  • Complications
  • Culture
  • Parturition
  • Perception
  • Pregnancy

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  • Medicine(all)

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Understanding myths in pregnancy and childbirth and the potential adverse consequences : A systematic review. / Ahmad, Norain; Nor, Sharifah Fazlinda Syed; Daud, Faiz.

In: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 26, No. 4, 01.07.2019, p. 17-27.

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