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Villanova University

Publication Date

Summer 2014

Program Name

Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Health Care Systems


The purpose of this paper is to discuss and address the issues dealing with maternal health in America and see how practices of traditional medicine could help improve childbirth and concerns of mothers-to-be. Maternal death in America is increasing and some reports have suggested that women are growing fearful of giving birth in hospitals. By looking at methods used by traditional birth attendants and interviewing the traditional doctors themselves, suggestions could be made to decrease costs and the maternal mortality rate as well as better inform mothers about their health and the options available to individualize their childbirth experience. Complementary health, better communication between patients and doctors as well as ensuring proper education of both healthcare professionals and mothers could improve the childbirth experience.


Maternal and Child Health | Public Health Education and Promotion