A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences

TitleA Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPeterson-Iyer, K
PublisherSanta Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
AbstractA woman working as an immigrant farm laborer in the United States is admitted to the hospital to give birth, and needs an emergency operation. Her primary language is Mixteco, and she speaks only a smattering of English and Spanish. How should the hospital handle the language barrier and other cultural differences, such as the parents' request for alternative, "traditional" healing methods to be used on the mother and infant?
URLhttp://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/medical/culturally-competent-care/difficult-birth.html
OEC Unique IdentifierMarkkula Center for Applied Ethics, Culturally Competent Care for Latinos
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