Hmong birth practices are very interesting and very different from American culture. Their births are usually at home and sometimes the woman is alone. Women labor in silence and catch their own babies as they are being delivered. Mrs. Lee delivered all of her babies by herself before coming to America. In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down after birth practices are also different. Hmong families will bury the placenta below the home after delivery with the smooth side facing upward. If a woman is unable to give birth in her home or a family member’s home an evil spirit, also called a dab, may injure her. American births traditionally take place in the hospital. Although, home births are starting to become a growing trend in American these births are almost always assisted by a midwife.
In the last ten years, more and more women are going the home-birthing route because it is safer and more natural. This can be seen as a mini revolt against the stigmatized and dehumanized view of mothers and birth. Using a midwife and having a home birth allows for the body to naturally go into labor, a labor that could last hours or even days. The female body is designed to naturally produce oxytocin, a hormone that causes labor. In this process, a mother goes through contractions where the baby is turning around so they are facing head first. The mother has complete control over her body and the position in which she chooses to give birth. There are no drugs used in a home birthing and the mother can feel every ounce of pain. Not only are they letting their bodies handle the process naturally, but they are also able to form an unbreakable bond with their baby. This can also be seen as a revolt against the modern technologies and views on women. In the hospitals, mothers do not produce oxytocin at the right times or right levels, and their babies do not get this hormone when feeding on breast milk. This causes a lack in mother to baby bonding. In a home birth, the baby receives the hormone through the breast milk because there was no interference in the birthing process. The mother and child form a different and more passionate relationship going this route as opposed to the hospital route.
Abortion is one of the most talked about issues right now. Everyone seems to have an opinion, a strong one. This is still a debate, even though in 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that the procedure is a fundamental right in the case Roe v. Wade (Abortion ProCon.org, 1). Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy before you have gone full term, which means that the embryo cannot survive on its own.
After reviewing Healthy People 2020 goals for maternal, infants, and child I can see that an APN can play many different roles to achieve these goals. The main role of an APN in the primary care setting is of educator, patient’s advocate, and care coordinator. As a primary care provider, an APN plays an important role in health promotion and disease prevention across the life span by supporting and providing needed education and information. APNs also facilitate quality care and provide treatments to improve the quality of life, reduce pain, suffering, and prevent further progress of the disease. There are several ways an APN can help achieve Healthy People 2020 goals for maternal, child and infants health. For example low income women may
Armentine Lloyd Davis Banks born January 27, 1938. She has been alive for 78 years. She was born in Beaufort, North Carolina at home. Her mother’s name is Lucy Davis and she is the middle child out of three. Her older sister is Katherine Davis along with her younger brother Buddy Davis. All of her siblings including herself were born at home. Her home was located at 421 Craven Street. The doctor who conducted all of the births was Dr. Fulcher and a midwife named Luewine. My Nana was born around ten o 'clock at night. Her mother, father and grandmother were all present at her birth. She is most definitely the most talkative out of the three of her siblings.
The topic of birth is an interesting one and is explicitly found in the book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. There was a vivid difference between the Hmong traditional practices and the way Lia was born. It is to each and every ones own opinion to think and have a take on the differing birth practices. I find them to be odd, and extremely unorthodox especially in modern times however going back less than a hundred years, talking to my great grandmother, that is the way people gave birth. At home, wherever they were, they would work until the day they gave birth and the had to take the baby out themselves, wash it and cut the cord. I personally just think the times have changed. We are accustomed to sterility, to cleanliness, to all these wonderful things but don’t realize that people back then lived just as healthy if not healthier then now. It is normal, to give birth like that, and I will not deny that it is much safer and that some cases would not be
Shah recognizes the risk associated with pregnancy and tells the reader of his concerns. He even recognizes the amount of financial expenses and stress associated with C-sections. ‘’Nearly, half of the of the caesareans we do in the US currently appear to be
UnityPoint OB/GYN Clinic is a non-profit four-physician practice located in an urban area of Fort Dodge, Iowa. The current practice within this clinic for pregnant women is at their first prenatal visit with the nurse they receive a large packet of information. This packet contains printed educational information, pamphlets, and a 200-page book. This information is not reviewed with the patients prior to leaving this appointment. This is the only prenatal visit that written educational information is given unless the patient requests more. Patients are not given any other options on how to receive additional education information.
My observation in the Fetal Care Center was intended to follow one family (Family A) through their day of appointments, starting with the Genetic Counselor, Social Worker,
Christianity runs deeply throughout the veins of America’s oldest traditions, whether Americans themselves realize it or not. Christianity can be seen in courtship and the wedding ceremony, but one of the more obscure traditions that Christianity had a say in is childbirth. It was said long ago, menstruation, pregnancy and the pain of childbirth are the punishment for Eve’s Original Sin. Modernly, this explanation is not so much as established as it was before. Now, pregnancy is looked upon as a beautiful and magical thing.
The principle of justice demands medical professionals to be fair in their dealing with patients, colleagues and society. For example, health care providers must ensure fair distribution of scarce resources. Reproductive technologies create ethical issues because treatment isn’t available to everyone. Within this context, nonmedical cesarean sections can add more economic burden on already highly stressed medical system. As a result, the issue of cost must always be taken into consideration. Rising of cesarean sections may often require patients to stay longer in hospital and higher occupancy rate. In addition, the added costs of other procedures associated with this complication (MRI, transfusion and intensive care admission) raised questions
The aims of this study were to explore mothers’ and fathers’ experiences of hospital care during second trimester miscarriage. In particular this study aimed to report on mothers and fathers views on the care received in the hospital from the time of diagnosis of the second trimester miscarriage through to follow-up care. As a consequence the interview guide focused on parents’ experiences of hospital care and information in relation to parents’ experiences of community health care services such as general practitioners and public health nurses was not gathered, leaving some gaps in our understanding. This study does provide valuable information in relation to parents’ experience of hospital care from the time of diagnosis of second trimester
Imagine that you 're in the hospital, you 're preparing to meet your third child, a daughter, in her first moments in the world. You make that final leap towards meeting your precious bundle of joy, only to see a doctor holding a blueish gray baby. You start to panic thinking, "what is happening to my child?" You see the nurse run out of the room and return with a syringe and ask, "what is that for?" The nurse replies that "this will help counter-react the medicine", the medicine that was killing your child. This is the situation my mom was faced when giving birth to my sister, a situation that no parent should ever face; a preventable experience.
The arrival of a new baby, especially the first always marks a new beginning for a mother. It comes with a lot of challenges more so if the mother is less knowledgeable about baby care. Take such as cleaning the baby for the first time, or feeding, it is not easy. The baby is still fragile and slippery and needs a special care. But if the mother is not ready for all these, or maybe, does not have any knowledge on what to do, the baby’s life might be endangered since the baby needs a special care which only the mother can give.