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Title:
The Influence of Knowledge, Social Support, Nutritional Intake on the Nutritional Status of Postpartum Mothers and Their Babies, Who Practice Se'i Culture in Kupang District, Indonesia

Authors:
Rohana Mochsen, Rafael Paun and Maria Sambriong, Indonesia

Abstract:
Se'i is one of the cultural practices in Timor, Indonesia. It is a practice where postpartum mothers are required to stay inside round house, smoked, and not allowed to eat eggs, meats, fish and vegetables for 40 days. This study aimed to identify the influence of knowledge, social support and nutritional intake on the nutritional status of postpartum mothers and their babies, who practice Se'i. This quantitative inquiry used cross sectional design and involved 31 participants. Chi square test was employed to explore the relationship between independent and dependent variables, and paired test was used to identify the differences between the first and second measurement of body weight and arm circumference of mothers and babies. The results indicated that the relationship between knowledge, social support from families and nutritional status of postpartum mothers and their babies was statistically insignificant. The relationship between nutritional intake and nutritional status of postpartum mothers and their babies was statistically significant. The results of paired test indicated that there were meaningful differences of body weight and arm circumference of the mothers and their babies between the first and second measurement. The findings indicate the needs for improvement of food intake during Se'i cultural practice which could have positive impacts on the health status of postpartum mothers and their babies

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