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between variables. Findings of the study revealed a mean age of the women was 26.9
years, and 90.4% were Black, IsiZulu speakers, having two children and had secondary
education. Moderate pain was experienced in 49.2%, and herbs or prayer were used
by 55.3%. To relieve pain, participants reported deep breathing (26.2%), walking
(22%), massage (21%) and prayer (14%). Effective pain relief was in 53.1%, while
satisfaction was by 56.3%. The only statistically significant predictor of dissatisfaction
was the number of live births (p=0.003). One live birth compared to four live births
was more likely to be dissatisfied (OR=11.5; 95% CI 1.4-97.2). Findings suggest
that non-pharmacological interventions are effective. The moderate pain experienced
by a significant proportion may signify the need for pharmacological treatments.
The association between low parity and dissatisfaction warrants further research.
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