Japanese vs American Childbirth

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Transcultural nursing is a critical component of the nursing profession in an ever-changing culturally diverse world. The patient’s social and cultural dissimilarities are important for the nurse to recognize and acknowledge. This will help to prevent the imposition of the nurse’s beliefs onto the patient. The Japanese culture beliefs are incommensurable to American cultural beliefs in how they approach the process of labor and delivery. Nursing interventions should therefore be reflective and comprehensible to that of the Japanese cultural beliefs. Japanese and American Cultural Approaches to Labor and Delivery In Japan there is not a lot of emphasis on prenatal care. It is thought to be adequate for the mother to be seen 3-4 times…show more content…
This is why upon entering the patient’s room the midwife will head straight for the external cardiotocography to view the monitor readings. When the midwife verifies the contractions are close enough together according to the monitor reading she will check the patient’s cervix (Davis and Sargent 1997). Once the cervix is determined to be favorable for delivery the patient will be moved from the labor room to the delivery room. The woman is not transported into the delivery room by gurney or wheelchair. The patient is expected to stand up and walk to the pre-delivery room. This is where the patient will be changed and dressed into a birthing gown and protective slippers to cover her feet. After she has changed into her birthing attire she is taken into the delivery room and asked to get up on the delivery table. The midwife will place her feet into stirrups and strap them into place so they cannot be moved from this position (Davidhizar and Newman 2004). . In the American culture the labor and the delivery room are one in the same. Once the baby is ready to be delivered the medical birthing team will disassemble the bed and transform it into the delivery table. The woman’s perineal area is cleaned and prepped for delivery. Her legs are then placed into stirrups and depending on hospital policy and procedure her legs maybe draped with sterile towels (Mayo Clinic 2004). The
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