Utilization of National Health Services for Maternity Care in the District of Kouande

Part of the Culture, Illness, and Healing book series (CIHE, volume 3)


Whereas preceding discussion has focused primarily on home deliveries, this chapter will provide a consideration of the factors influencing women to select a national health service delivery rather than a home delivery. Social characteristics of patients and health service utilization patterns will be examined in the context of the Pehunko dispensary and the 32-bed maternity clinic of Kouande. In addition I will compare mortality and morbidity in home deliveries and clinic deliveries and consider related implications for selection of birth assistance.


National Health Service Maternal Mortality Civil Servant Maternal Death Home Delivery 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

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