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Childbearing beliefs among Low-German-Speaking Mennonite women

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dc.contributor.author Kulig, Judith C.
dc.contributor.author Wall, M
dc.contributor.author Hill, S
dc.contributor.author Babcock, R
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-07T15:52:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-07T15:52:55Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Kulig, J., Wall, M., Hill, S. & Babcock R. (2008). Childbearing beliefs among Low-German-Speaking Mennonite women. International Nursing Review, 55(4), 420-426. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/1267
dc.description.abstract Background: Low German-Speaking (LGS) Mennonites are a conservative religious group that has migrated from Eastern Europe to Canada and then to countries such as Mexico. They are now returning to Canada in large numbers. They adhere to religious principles based upon a literal interpretation of the Bible. This conservative religious group provides opportunities for nurses and midwives to implement culturally competent care. Aim: The purpose of this article is to discuss LGS Mennonite women’s childbearing knowledge and beliefs to develop and implement care that considers and includes their conservative religious beliefs. Method: An exploratory, descriptive study was conducted to generate information through open-ended interviews with 38 LGS Mennonite women about their knowledge, beliefs and practices related to childbearing. Data collection and analysis occurred simultaneously; discussion of emerging themes were discussed by the research team to ensure a contextual understanding of the data. Findings: The participants engage in proscribed practices (“turning the baby”) and adhere to specific dietary measures (increase dairy products) during pregnancy to ensure a healthy birth outcome. During the postpartum, extensive support is provided by other Mennonite women to assist the mother and newborn during this important transition. Conclusions: Building trust and working in a respectful manner with religious groups such as the LGS Mennonites is a cornerstone of culturally competent nursing practice. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher International Nursing Review en
dc.subject Mennonite health en
dc.subject women's health en
dc.subject childbearing beliefs en
dc.subject rural women en
dc.subject Canada en
dc.subject Mexico en
dc.subject Central en
dc.subject South America en
dc.title Childbearing beliefs among Low-German-Speaking Mennonite women en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en
dc.publisher.department Department of Nursing en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en


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