Community Preference for Genders of Midwives in Providing Maternal and New-Born Care in Yei River State, South Sudan

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.08.02.Art013

Authors : Lou Eluzai Loponi, Sixtus Birungi


The study investigated the community preferences of the gender of Midwives for providing maternal and new-born care. Skilled birth attendance (SBA) at health facility in South Sudan stagnated at 14.7% from 2006 to 2018 this is per below the 49% in East Africa, 69% in Sub-Saharan Africa and 81% globally. Community preferences of the gender, attitudes/behaviours of the Midwives and Socio-demographic factors could be attributed to this. A qualitative research involving in-depth and key informants’ interviews of 65 respondents from various groups in the community. Respondents were selected purposively and through snowballing technique. Data were analysed using thematic framework. Three major themes and eight sub themes were identified. These showed that community including women of child bearing (WCBA ) prefer female Midwives in the provision of antenatal care (ANC) services while WCBA who have been attended to by both male and female midwives explained that they prefer male Midwives in assisting them during childbirth as they are considered polite, composed, considerate and quick. The study concludes that if all WCBA are attended to by male Midwives many would prefer male Midwives. The study recommends more studies to explore on midwife’s gender preference in the whole country.


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