Traditional Practice of Women from India: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Care

Nursing Program, Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, North York, Ontario, Canada.
Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (Impact Factor: 1.2). 09/1997; 26(5):533-9.
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ABSTRACT This article describes maternal and child care practices among women from India. As in all cultures, certain beliefs exist surrounding what facilitates a good pregnancy and its outcome, as well as negative sanctions. These practices continue to influence many immigrant women to whom western practices are either unknown or unacceptable. An understanding of the traditional belief system of such women can case their adaptation into the Canadian and U.S. health care systems.

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