Claire Christopherson Nelson received her B.S.N. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her M.S. in Maternal-Child Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Minnesota. She has been employed as staff nurse midwife at Hennepin County Medical Center since 1975 and since March of 1981 has been Codirector of the Nurse-Midwife Service.
AN INDOCHINESE REFUGEE POPULATION IN A NURSE-MIDWIFE SERVICE
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1983 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 9–14, September-October 1983
How to Cite
Nelson, C. C. and Hewitt, M. A. (1983), AN INDOCHINESE REFUGEE POPULATION IN A NURSE-MIDWIFE SERVICE. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 28: 9–14. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(83)90132-5
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
The Nurse-Midwife Service of a county teaching hospital provided care for 229 Indochinese refugee women in 1980 and 1981. Unique health and obstetric problems presented themselves and language and cultural barriers were overcome while providing care. In spite of years of hardship and deprivation, the obstetric and newborn outcomes for this group of women were good. The key to success in working well with this group of women is to adjust their care to meet their cultural expectations of childbirth as much as is safely possible and to allow their cultural advantage of relaxed childbirth to work for them.