Kimberly Beine, md received her baccalaureate degree from Cornell Universal;, New York, and her md from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. This paper is based on an independent study project conducted while she was a third year medical student.
CONCEPTIONS OF PRENATAL CARE AMONG SOMALI WOMEN IN SAN DIEGO
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1995 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 376–381, July-August 1995
How to Cite
Beine, K., Fullerton, J., Palinkas, L. and Anders, B. (1995), CONCEPTIONS OF PRENATAL CARE AMONG SOMALI WOMEN IN SAN DIEGO. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 40: 376–381. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(95)00024-E
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
Studies have shown that culturally sensitive prenatal care improves access to and utilization of that care. Focus groups were used to explore the beliefs and attitudes toward prenatal care among Somali women in San Diego, particularly in regard to their perinatal experiences following immigration. The women were very well informed about healthy prenatal practices, including nutrition and exercise, and very compliant in following such practices, having found ways and means to accommodate these practices into their new American lifestyle. The women were generally pleased with the care that they have received in San Diego and tolerant of most diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. The women preferred to be seen by a female doctor/health care practitioner who is informed about the female circumcision practiced in Somalia and who is conservative in the decision to perform cesarean section deliveries.