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Knowledge and attitude of dais toward family planning



Knowledge and attitude of dais toward family planning



Rajasthan Medical Journal 16(4): 237-239



Focus is on the knowledge and attitude of indigenous dais (traditional midwives) in the area covered by the Rural Health Training Center Naila. This is the field practice area of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur. Services are provided to a population of about 35,000 spread over 54 villages. 38 dais are operating in these villages. They have no formal education. 22 of the midwives (57.89%) had a favorable attitude towards family planning; 6 had an unfavorable attitude and 10 were indifferent. A majority of those who had a favorable attitude were in the 31-40 year age group. 2 of the dais had been instrumental in motivating cases for tubectomy. 10 of the dais were unaware of any birth control methods. 73.69% had knowledge of at least 1 birth control method. 11 knew about sterilization and 1 knew about IUDs and conventional contraceptive methods. 4 knew about abortion. 20 dais were interested in training.

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