I would also like to express my gratitude to Samaroo Siewah, Gransham Bagaloo, Harrikisoon Seegobin, Geeta Panday and Drs.
Harry Ramnath, Ingrid Poon King, and Pooran Ramlal-all of them from Trinidad. Rasheed Rahaman and Professor Syam Roopnarinesingh gave me permission to make initial contact with postnatal women at Mt.
[Do] you think if a doctor can't cure you, he will tell you? I am happy to acknowledge the assistance of many people who helped me, in one way or the other, to complete this dissertation. Brian du Toit who is the Chairman of my supervisory committee. To my wife, Mera, 1 owe my gratitude for her encouragement to pursue a doctorate in the first place, and her unfailing support during the five years of doctoral work.
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Notes S TRADITIONAL MASSEUSES Profile of Traditional Masseuses Training of Masseuses Activity Levels of Masseuses ........
Payment for Treatment Relationship with Others Types of Disorders Treated 6 C ARE OF THE NEW MOTHER . "Setting" the Womb Back in Place Herbal Baths The CTiotti Ceremony Summary. Dew and Evil Element; Thrush ard Heat Rash Infant Massage DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION 216 The Promotion ot Industrialized Medicine- ... the Caribbean _ _22D Clinical Studies of Traditional Perinatal Practices 224 The Project's Recommendations 228 APPENDICES A LETTER OK PERMISSION FROM HOSPITAL 23S B HOSPITAL OBSTETRICAL CASE SUMMARY FORM 236 C ETHNO- BOTANICAL DATA J39 D HALWA RECIPE E CELEBRATORY CHILDBIRTH SONG 243 REFERENCES. ,244 Abstract of Dissertation Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy TRADITIONAL HEALTH BELIEFS AND PRACTICES OF POSTNATAL WOMEN IN TRINIDAD Kumar Mahabir December, 1997 Chairman: Dr. du Toit Major Department: Anthropology The purpose of this ethnographic study is to describe and analyze traditional health beliefs and practices of postnatal women in a multi-ethnic urban setting in the economically developing country of Trinidad (and Tobago).
This study examines areas of consonance and dissonance (i.e.
symptomology, etiology, treatment, diagnosis and prevention) between biomedical and traditional systems of medicine.
In developing countries, women are the main providers of health care in their households, in biomedical facilities (as nursing and support personnel) (Mariesknd 1980), and in traditional health care systems (as traditional birth attendants) (Turshen 1991).
Graham (19-26) states quite appropriately that informal health care has remained part of the domestic economy, molded by the relations which govern everyday life in the family and community.
There is the need, therefore, to study all health care systems in developing countries to determine how low-income women cope with their own illnesses, and those of family members, in communities that are, or are becoming, increasingly ''modernized” (see Mesa-Lago 1992).
Problem and Rationale In the 1980s, Caribbean Governments implemented SAPs as a result of balance of payments problems in their developing economies.
TRADITIONAL HEALTH BELIEFS AND PRACTICES OF POSTNATAL WOMEN IN TRINIDAD By KUMAR MAHABIR A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA For Pi rofessor Syam Roopnarinesingh who admitted me into Mt.