The Midwife’s Role to Prevent Stunting in Selected Health Centers in Banyumas District 2015


Midwives as health professionals have an essential role to prevent stunting, especially in pregnant women and children under two years. The purpose of this study was to determine the position of health center midwife in preventing stunting in 5 health centers in Banyumas district consisting of Karanglewas, Cilongok, Somagede, Sumbang, and Kembaran. This research was descriptive qualitative by using a sample comprising of
five midwives, five pregnant women and five mothers of children aged 0-2 years. Data were collected by in-depth interview and used an instrument consisting of interview guidelines, sound and image recording devices. The analysis included data reduction, data presentation, and conclusion. Results from this study were the role of midwives to pregnant women as an effort to prevent stunting include antenatal care that contains Upper Arm Circumference measurement, weight, and length body measurement, blood pressure measurement, supplementary feeding to pregnant women whose chronic energy deficiency and provision of iron tablets. While in children aged of 0-2 years, midwife never measured the length of the body because they did not have a microtome in health centers and also because they coud not measure the length of the body accurately. The conclusion of this study was the role of the midwife in preventing stunting in pregnant women had been good whereas in children aged of 0-2 years had not been good enough because they never measure the length-body routinely.

Keywords: Midwife; stunting; pregnant women; children under two years

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