Acta Scientific Orthopaedics (ISSN: 2581-8635)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 5

Analysing the Functional Impairments Among Postpartum Women After Childbirth by Using the Barkin Index Maternal Functioning Assessment Scale

Khyoda Menam1 and Janani Arul2*

1BPT, College of Physiotherapy, Dayananda Sagar University, Bangalore, India 2Assistant Professor, Dayananda Sagar College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, India

*Corresponding Author: Janani Arul, Assistant Professor, Dayananda Sagar College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, India.

Received: February 28, 2024; Published: April 17, 2024


Postpartum physical issues are frequently written off as temporary or relatively minor, but it affects one’s emotional and functional health and have a detrimental impact on women's quality of life by causing health problems that are prevalent, obvious, and get worse over time.

Methods: A total of 114 participants in NR COLONY government maternity hospital and MOTHERHOOD were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. The participants had been briefed about the Research before participating in the study and The Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning Scale were used and assessed among the participants.

Results: A statistical analysis of 114 participants revealed that mothers who delivered their babies through caesarean section had greater functional impairments than mothers who gave birth through vaginally.

Conclusion: This study shows that in vaginal delivery, 14.5% of functional impairment is affected, and for C-sections, 65.4% of functional impairment is affected.

Keywords: Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning; Postpartum Depression; Post-Operative Day


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Citation: Khyoda Menam and Janani Arul. “Analysing the Functional Impairments Among Postpartum Women After Childbirth by Using the Barkin Index Maternal Functioning Assessment Scale".Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 7.5 (2024): 31-35.


Copyright: © 2024 Khyoda Menam and Janani Arul. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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