Maternal Health Beliefs, Perceptions, and Experiences in a U.S. Marshallese Community
Britni L Ayers, Rachel S Purvis, Willaimina Ioanna Bing, Mandy Ritok, Anita Iban, Lucy Capelle, Nicola L Hawley, Rebecca Delafield, Pearl A McElfish
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Journal of Transcultural Nursing
Introduction: The purpose of this article is to review the beliefs, perceptions, and experience of maternal health among Marshallese women.
Methodology: The study utilized a qualitative descriptive design with a brief survey of participant demographics. A purposive sample of 43 participants were enrolled.
Results: The mean age of participants was 40 years. Four a priori themes were identified as follows: (a) family planning beliefs and experiences, (b) prenatal beliefs and experiences, (c) birthing beliefs and experiences, and (d) postpartum beliefs and experiences.
Discussion: This study identified beliefs, perceptions, and experiences among Marshallese that have implications for policy and practice related to culturally congruent health care for Marshallese mothers.Download PDF