Kathleen Morrow, CNM, BA, received her nurse-midwifery education at the University of Mississippi in 1981. She completed her BA degree in Social Psychology at Antioch University West in 1985, and is presently pursuing an MA degree in Depth Psychology. Presently, she is employed by Santa Barbara Midwifery, a home birth practice, and by Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara and Ventura.
TRANSCULTURAL MIDWIFERY: Adapting to Hmong Birthing Customs in California
Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
1986 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 31, Issue 6, pages 285–288, November-December 1986
How to Cite
Morrow, K. (1986), TRANSCULTURAL MIDWIFERY: Adapting to Hmong Birthing Customs in California. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 31: 285–288. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(86)90039-X
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
Nurse-midwifery care can adapt to incorporate birth customs and practices of immigrant groups seeking childbirth care. This paper explores birthing traditions among the Hmong, Laotian people. Fifteen Hmong men and women immigrants to Isla Vista, California were interviewed. The information gathered revealed the need to maintain traditional Hmong customs to facilitate both physical and emotional well-being during childbirth in the United States. Birthing and dietary traditions can be adapted within the hospital setting, if the nurse-midwife is aware of the need.