There are pockets of extraordinary traditional postnatal birth confinement practices in dotted across Ghana. Once a woman gives birth, she is expected to stay indoors. The practice aims at helping a new mother recover from the rigours of pregnancy, labour and birth. Mother and baby are said to be in confinement because they are effectively "quarantined" at home. Traditionally, they do not receive visitors apart from close family members until the confinement period (between 30-42 days) is over.
We met a 19 years old Linda in Anomabo who delivered a bouncing baby girl. She has been confined in a room since she gave birth a week ago. She has stayed indoor throughout the day and night ensuring that she does not break a taboo she strongly feels to keep. For such an active person, the hours are lonely and longer for her. She believes “there is no need to out before one week. You have to wait till it is over. If you go out before one week is over, there maybe someone with a bad spirit as soon as they see your face something will happen and your baby will die. As soon as they see the baby’s napkins, they will give the child a disease”.
Are there any of these practices in your area? What are some of the known dangers associated with traditional practices that negatively affect the pregnancy and child growth of newborns?
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