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Sophia A. BayFollow

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Poster

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My project analyzes the usage of traditional healers and biomedical healthcare by pregnant women in the rural region of the Nakaseke District, Uganda. This is of concern to medical anthropologists because childbirth decision-making is a result of social change, a topic that is rapidly becoming more important in international development research. With data that Kimber Haddix McKay and Catherine Sanders have collected in 2011 and 2013, I utilized inferential and descriptive statistical analyses to determine my predicted hypotheses that age and education level are the most influential factors during prenatal care and delivery, that women who have a more traditional view of gender roles will be more likely to give birth close to home, and that traditional healers are more accessible than biomedical facilities. With the same data sets, I then determined the impact of socioeconomic status on these decision-making processes using multiple regressions. This research is important to the understanding of how social change is affecting decisions about childbirth is rural Uganda.

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Women’s Health Seeking Behavior in Rural Uganda

My project analyzes the usage of traditional healers and biomedical healthcare by pregnant women in the rural region of the Nakaseke District, Uganda. This is of concern to medical anthropologists because childbirth decision-making is a result of social change, a topic that is rapidly becoming more important in international development research. With data that Kimber Haddix McKay and Catherine Sanders have collected in 2011 and 2013, I utilized inferential and descriptive statistical analyses to determine my predicted hypotheses that age and education level are the most influential factors during prenatal care and delivery, that women who have a more traditional view of gender roles will be more likely to give birth close to home, and that traditional healers are more accessible than biomedical facilities. With the same data sets, I then determined the impact of socioeconomic status on these decision-making processes using multiple regressions. This research is important to the understanding of how social change is affecting decisions about childbirth is rural Uganda.