During Pregnancy And Childbirth

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Ethnic, Religious, & Cultural factors impact a woman’s experience during pregnancy and childbirth. In providing care for the pregnant woman that have differing cultural beliefs and practices, healthcare providers should be aware of patient’s beliefs and the influence they might have on the pregnancy and childbearing. It is the patient’s right to be cared for within the context of their cultural beliefs and it is the practitioner’s responsibility to influence health care to optimize the health of the pregnant patient. . If the healthcare & culture are not congruent the well being of the patient is at risk. Three particular cultural & ethnic groups whose views on pregnancy and childbearing differ from the “normal” western society’s views are …show more content…

In the Chinese culture there is a focus on the notion of Yin and Yang. Yin –female, passive principle-darkness, cold, and wetness. Yang- masculine active principle-light, heat, and dryness. Some hold the belief related to numbers, 4 (si) is considered bad luck because pronounced same as “death”, and 8 (baj) is considered good luck because it sounds like a word “prosperity”. Thus a person born on 4/4/44 is extremely unlucky and a person born on 8/8/88 is extremely lucky. The Mexican culture believes in the concept of bad air (mal aire) related to evil spirits. Thought that air, particularly at night may enter the body and cause harm. The Native Americans believe taboos stem from the belief that evil spirits are grounded in fear of injuring unborn child. Thus, Pregnant women are encouraged to refrain from touching a dead person or animal, because dead are thought to posses’ evil …show more content…

In the Mexican culture Familism, network of extended and nuclear family who are connected for the good of the family; often influences the choices a mother may make, & many young mothers seek the advice of the elder women in the family during their childbearing years. This is similar to the Native Americans where Tribal & Family members are held of significant value, and are believed to be responsible for each other. Because family is held of significant importance, it is not uncommon, in either culture, for many relatives to come and stay with patient until discharge. This is especially true when a woman gives birth or if mother has a child who is admitted to the

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