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Maternity Exam 2 - Cultural Nursing Interventions
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Mother may share care of the infant with extended family members.
Experiences of older women within the family influence infant care.
Mothers may protect their newborns from strangers for several weeks.
Mothers may not bathe their newborns for the first week. Oils are applied to skin and hair to prevent dryness and cradle cap.
Silver dollars may be taped over the infant's umbilicus in an attempt to flatten the slightly protruding umbilical stump.
Sleeping with parents is a common practice.
Women consider childbearing their primary role in society.
They generally oppose birth control.
Pregnancy and childbirth are considered a private matter; they may conceal it from public knowledge.
Women typically do not respond favorably when hurried to complete a self-care task. Nurses need to take cues from women indicating their readiness to complete morning self-care activities.
Infant colic is treated by passing the newborn through a leather horse's collar or administering weak catnip tea.
An asafetida bag (a gum resin with a strong odor) is tied around the infant's neck to ward off disease.
Women may avoid eye contact with nurses and health care providers.
Women typically avoid asking questions even though they do not understand directions.
The grandmother may rear the infant for the mother.
Grandparents often assist in the care of their grandchildren.
Breast-feeding is encouraged, and some mothers breast-feed their children for up to 2 years.
Women have difficulty discussing birth control and sexual matters.
Strong religious beliefs prevail and bedside prayer is common.
Families are very close-knit and numerous visitors can be expected at the hospital after childbirth.
Cleanliness and protection from cold are essential components of newborn care. Nurses should bathe the infant daily.
Newborns routinely are not taken outside the home because it is believed that they should not be exposed to outside or cold air. Infants should be kept in a quiet, clean, warm place for the first month of life.
Breast-feeding is the primary method of feeding.
Many women stay in their parents' home for 1 to 2 months after birth.
Bathing the infant can be the center of family activity at home.
The newborn's grandmother lives with the mother for several weeks after birth to help with housekeeping and child care.
Most women will breast-feed for more than 1 year. The infant is carried in a rebozo (shawl) that allows easy access for breast-feeding.
Women may avoid eye contact and may not feel comfortable being touched by a stranger. Nurses need to respect this feeling.
Some women may bring religious icons to the hospital and may want to display them in their room.
Modesty is a primary concern; nurses need to protect the client's modesty.
Muslims are not permitted to eat pork; check all food items before serving.
Muslims prefer a same-sex health care provider; male-female touching is prohibited except in an emergency situation.
A Muslim woman stays in the house for 40 days after birth, being cared for by the female members of her family.
Most women will breast-feed, but religious events call for periods of fasting, which may increase the risk of dehydration or malnutrition.
Women are exempt from obligatory five-times-daily prayers as long as lochia is present.
Extended family is likely to be present throughout much of the woman's hospital stay. They will need an empty room to perform their prayers without having to leave the hospital.
Women are secretive about pregnancies and do not reveal them early.
Touching is not a typical female behavior and eye contact is brief.
They resent being hurried and need time for sitting and talking.
Most mothers breast-feed and practice birth control.
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