Ethnic, Religious And Cultural Practices During Pregnancy

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Ethnic, Religious and Cultural practices during Pregnancy: Native Americans vs. Western Culture
The United States of America is a global village, a melting pot of various different ethnic and cultural beliefs. We are a land of many colors, traditions, and histories. With this diversity comes many challenges. As a healthcare provider this creates some challenges when working and caring for individuals who may not have the same skin color, language, health practices beliefs and values as our own (Pearson, E., 2011).
Regarded as North America’s “First People”, the Native Americans consisted of hundreds of separate cultures and tribes, each with their own belief systems, social structures, cultural and political practices (Pritzker, B., 2008). According to Pearson (2011), "men were responsible for hunting, warfare, and interacting with outsiders, therefore, they had more visible public roles. Native American women, on the other hand, were often viewed as the creator of life, through giving birth to children. They managed most of the internal operations of the community such as household chores, engaged in agricultural food production, and child-rearing". Some beliefs held by most Natives were the importance of caring for the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of a woman during pregnancy and its effects on the fetus.
The Navajo Indians in particular call themselves Dinee, “the people”, most settled in northern Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and occupies over
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