Pregnancy, Childbirth, And The Postpartum Period Of Hispanic Culture

736 Words Jan 31st, 2015 3 Pages
Pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period in Hispanic culture is highly traditional, steeped in lore. Many Hispanic pregnancy and birthing practices are considered superstitious by the majority of European-Americans; however, a lack of understanding and cultural awareness in the medical community serving these patients is a main component in the reluctance of Hispanic women to seek out proper medical care and supervision. Female Hispanic migratory workers, especially those in rural areas, present a great risk of not receiving proper medical care during the prenatal, antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods of pregnancy and birth. Healthcare professionals have an obligation to educate themselves regarding the cultural needs of their patients.
There are specific nursing implications that must be considered when Hispanic maternity patients, usually Catholic, present in healthcare settings. While these migrant women live in America and are slowly becoming assimilated to our culture; they are truly extensions of their home country, Mexico. Due to language and cultural barriers, few migratory Hispanic women are admitted into Labor & Delivery units in US hospitals as over fifty percent of births in Mexico are still performed in a home setting with the assistance of female family members and a traditional midwife, or curandera.( Galante Di Pace, 2005) Traditionally in Mexico, professional prenatal care for these women is usually only considered in the last trimester of…

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