Nanny L. Green (formerly Bowe), CNM, MHS, is a nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner. She has been assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in nursing at that institution. She has had international training experience in Nicaragua and Malawi. In addition to her full-time studies, she is currently a member of the Nurse-Midwifery Service at Highland Hospital, Oakland, California.
STRESSFUL EVENTS RELATED TO CHILDBEARING IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN: A Pilot Study
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1990 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 231–236, July-August 1990
How to Cite
Green, N. L. (1990), STRESSFUL EVENTS RELATED TO CHILDBEARING IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN: A Pilot Study. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 35: 231–236. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(90)90116-M
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
This pilot study replicated the Arizmendi and Affonso study that identified the frequency and intensity of stressors related to childbearing.1 The original study (n = 221) targeted chiefly middle-class white women. To date, there is no literature on stressful events as reported by African-American childbearing women. It was hypothesized that African-American women would identify differential patterns of stressful events in child-bearing. A convenience sample of 50 African-American childbearing women were interviewed. Demographics were presented and compared with the original study. The frequency and intensity of stressors were analyzed and compared. It was proposed that the differential stressors between the chiefly white middle-class sample and the African-American sample relates to both the life experiences and the differential birth outcomes of African-American childbearing women. Areas for future research are targeted.