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3rd Edition of International

Public Health Conference

March 21-23, 2024 | Singapore

IPHC 2023

Ofra Halperin

Speaker at International Public Health Conference 2023 - Ofra Halperin
Max Stern Academic College of Emek-Yezreel, Israel
Title : Women's perspectives of childbirth in Kiboga, Uganda


Objective: To gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of women who gave birth at the Kiboga District Hospital in Uganda through analysis of their childbirth stories. Method: A qualitative interpretive description study conducted in the maternity ward of the Kiboga District Hospital in Uganda. Twenty women, ages 19 to 43 years, were interviewed in a semi-structured interview within 24 hours of childbirth.

Method: in-depth interviews were conducted with the help of a local professional translator to capture the unique experiences of the participants regarding their birth experiences, perceptions, and personal feelings.

Results: Qualitative interpretive and descriptive analysis revealed two main themes that each consisted of several subthemes: Cultural Norms of Childbirth (Women's Status, Submissiveness, and Silence/Acceptance) and the Childbirth Process and Its Impact (Loss, Coping and Overcoming Difficulties, and Physical Well-Being).

Interpretation: Women need to feel supported and valued to deal with their childbirth experiences. Incorporating the professional support of experienced midwives in an enabling environment and providing access to a sufficiently equipped health care facility may improve the mental and physical state of women who give birth in Uganda and help them return to optimal functioning.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • It is important that health staff members get to know minority populations, their culture, customs, and the health disparities they live with in order to provide them with optimal care.
  • It is important for them to understand that they must talk to their patients and ask questions to understand their feelings and their way of coping with developmental crises in life (such as pregnancy and childbirth).


Ofra Halperin (RN, CNM, PhD), is the head of the Nursing department and a senior lecturer at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College in Israel. She is a midwife and an expert on women's health. Her scientific work focuses on women's health, nursing education and health promotion. She serves as the chairman of the research committee of the Israeli Midwives Association for the last ten years.