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Identification and examination of main beliefs, values, and Behaviors
that relate to pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum periods
among the Asian-American women
Identification and examination of main beliefs, values, and
Behaviors that relate to pregnancy, labor, birth and the
postpartum periods among the Asian-American women
Majority of Asian-American women continue to practice a wide range
of traditional practices and beliefs during the period of pregnancy,
childbirth, and the postpartum (Labun,2001).
With regard to pregnancy, majority of Asian-American women focus
on behavioral taboos and dietary recommendations.
For the category of birth, most of Asian-American women prefer
traditional birth as opposed to medical interventions.
They are averse to institutional births and fear medical interventions.
In postpartum period, confinement is common among the AsianAmerican women since such women are perceived to be vulnerable to
illness, weak, and fragile.
Other prevalent practices and beliefs among the Asian-American
during pregnancy include behavioral superstition, taboos, and
magic, belief associated with the cold and hot imbalance, the
use of traditional herbs and medicine and traditional healers, the
pollution state after birth, and massage (Richardson, 2013).
More education and information is required to educate the
Asian-American women on the benefits and importance of the
services of formal maternal healthcare systems.
Such educational programs should be geared towards women as
well as their in-laws, parents, and husbands.
Through recognition and appreciation of common local beliefs
and practices among the Asia-American, the provider of
healthcare can be in a better position to offer culturally
competent healthcare to pregnant women (MacLachlan, 2015).
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