Cultural Care For Being Pregnant Women Essay

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Cultural Care for Incarcerated Pregnant Women
The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (The National CLAS Standards, 2016) are standards that encourage an organization to improve upon the health care needs due to the increasing diverse population in America (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health [HHS], 2013). African Americans make up 53 percent of the North Carolina prison system with 7 percent of inmates being women ("NC Department of Correction Prison Statistics," 2010). Accordingly, this growing minority of women is childbearing age (Bard, Knight, & Plugge, 2016). This knowledge leads us to the need for prenatal care in correction facilities, which is imperative for positive birth outcomes. Tracey Norris is a Registered Nurse who works for The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, a correction facility that houses both male and female inmates. Part of her patient population includes African American pregnant women, who are an extremely high-risk group of women, with exposure to the often times fatal risk of delivering a premature baby.
The health care services in North Carolina prisons must be culturally and linguistically appropriate to the meet the needs of this growing inmate population in order to adhere to the National CLAS Standards. The interview that follows will explore and elaborate on the organization’s ability to meet the National CLAS Standards of 2013 with…

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