Labor And Delivery Should Be Enforced

908 Words Aug 13th, 2014 4 Pages
Labor and Delivery
Pain is perceived differently in small, cohesive, traditional societies. “For example, in West African countries, such as Benin, during labor and midwifery delivery, the expectant and soon to be new mother expresses her pain by a barely audible “whee”. Labor and delivery is strictly a woman thing. Men are neither present at nor have a responsibility at the event” (Sargent, 1982). The use of grandmothers and mothers is common place. There is a varied emotional response, depending on the woman. Some may cry out loud while others may not use much expression at all. Some may not show up at the hospital until late in the stages of labor due to delayed seeking of medical care from lack of trust in the system and high levels of trust in their elders. Trust needs to be established early on in the nurse/patient relationship. Encouragement and non-judgment for their birthing preferences need to be enforced. Teach the patient what to expect for labor and delivery, and establish any specific preferences so they can be followed.
Newborn care / feeding
Variance is found with what the mother feeds the infant. Both breast milk and formula are used, and depends solely on each woman of which to use and for what time period. Typically, the grandmother of the infant helps assist the new mother with care of the infant. The grandmother’s opinion and teachings are highly regarded by the younger parent. In one study done in Minnesota while interviewing a group of 150-200 African…
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