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Knowledge and Attitudes on Selfcare Practices Following Child Birth by Caesarean Section at Marondera Hospital in Zimbabwe

Violet Mashe, Greanious Alfred Mavondo, Joy Mavondo, Priscah Kachepe, Judith Audrey Chamisa

Abstract: Rates of performed caesarean sections (CS) have increased globally with 18.6% of all births occurring by CS. A range of 6%-27.2% has been seen in the least and most developed regions. In Zimbabwe, CS deliveries accounts for 6 % of all births against a WHO recommended 10-15% preferred limit. Different post-delivery problems arise such as pelvic abscesses requiring surgical intervention. Unfavourable foetomaternal post-delivery outcomes have been after CS. How women handle themselves to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with post CS complications is not well known in Zimbabwe. The knowledge and degree to which selfcare after CS practices are carried out by women requires further elucidation. Assessing level of knowledge on self-care practices among women delivered by CS, establishing their self-care practices, exploring their attitudes towards selfcare practices and determining the relationship between their selfcare knowledge and selfcare practices is of paramount importance.
Keywords: Child / births / Zimbabwe / caesarean / attitudes towards selfcare practices

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