IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 9, September 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
B. Khadgi, A. Shrestha, R.Acharya
Pregnancy and motherhood is the most joyful and happiest moment of women’s life. Culturally, Nepalese women are habituated to perform daily chores more in a squatting position which they continue even during pregnancy and immediately after giving birth. In Nepal, unlike other developed countries, antenatal and postnatal exercises are not practiced commonly due to lack of awareness among general population and medical professionals. Regular exercise performed during antenatal and postnatal periods reduces the risk of incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and other complications which ultimately results in improving quality of life of women. The aim of this study was to investigate the physiotherapy services provided to postnatal women admitted at the obstetric and gynecology ward of Dhulikhel Hospital (DH) to prevent POP. A retrospective study was conducted at the Department of Physiotherapy at Dhulikhel hospital which documented all the cases treated by physiotherapists in the obstetric & gynecology ward. Out of the 2072 deliveries conducted in DH in year 2013 only 1078 women were provided physiotherapy services (only 52%). The requirements and need of physiotherapy management for postnatal care among the health professionals and the general population still need to be considered. This leading to less number of physiotherapist working in this field causing the low manpower for the management of all the cases.