IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(6): 435-438 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.394

Thai Traditional Midwives (Moh Tum Yae) in Caring for Mothers and Infants, in Petchaburi Province, Thailand: Case Studies

Angsinee Kansukcharearn
Abstract—Thai Traditional Midwives who practiced caring for pregnant women and infants in Thailand will be fade-out from Thai society but their Thai Traditional Midwives wisdom is still dominant in contemporary times and are perpetuated by closed female family relatives. The purpose of this study were to study and collect the local wisdom of Thai Traditional Midwives in Thailand. A qualitative research design was used. Eight Thai Traditional Midwives were interviewed. Data from in-depth interviews was analyzed by the process of manifest content analysis. The finding have shown that two thematic meanings of experiences of folk medical Thai midwifery wisdom in Thailand emerged from the data. They were “Belief in caring mothers and infants” and “Thai midwifery ceremonies”. The first theme was represented by two categories: “a religious ceremonies” and “regarding to holy objects and spirits. The second theme was represented by Thai midwifery in antenatal period ceremonies and postnatal period ceremonies. The majority of Thai mothers who adhered to traditional postpartum practices were able to relate the notion of regaining heat and herbs. The belief of Traditional midwives is strongly influenced by Buddhism, Brahmanism and Spirits. Their belief can influence childbirth and human life. This reflects a deep understanding and integration of Buddhist doctrine in the client.

Index Terms—Thai traditional midwife, self caring, mothers and infants.

Angsinee Kansukcharearn is with the Prachomklao College of Nursing, Thailand (e-mail: ang_sinee@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Angsinee Kansukcharearn, " Thai Traditional Midwives (Moh Tum Yae) in Caring for Mothers and Infants, in Petchaburi Province, Thailand: Case Studies," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 435-438, 2014.

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