To overcome the maternal’s health problem, preventive action based on the culture’s perspective was chosen compared to the medical’s perspective. Madurese still believe in the myth about food and action which affect their pregnancy. Based on the theory of A.L Kroeber, there is 3 form of culture to identify a community’s culture. This study aim is to identify maternal care among Madurese through the form of cultural: 1) ideas; 2) activities and 3) artefact. This study was a descriptive research with the qualitative approach. This study conducted in the area of Puskesmas Trageh (Bangkalan) and Puskesmas Omben (Sampang) in Madura. The total main informant was 18 persons that consist of 3 pregnant women for each area and the key informants consist of 1 midwife coordinator, 1 local midwife, 1 shaman and 1 family member of each pregnant women. The maternal care towards the form of cultural ideas: 1) They should have a good intention towards other people; 2) increase their worships through reading Holy Qur’an; 3) avoid the distraction of the spirits by pray and use a talisman. The maternal care towards the form of cultural activities: 1) have a celebration to show the gratitude feeling towards God; 2) drink herbal medicine and do massage at stomach by the shaman; 3) avoid several foods based on myth. The maternal care towards the form of the cultural artefact uses the talisman to avoid misfortune. It showed phenomena that Madurese still do traditional maternal care which often contradictory to the modern medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-688
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Culture’s perspective
  • Madurese
  • Maternal care
  • Three form of culture


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