Bayla Berkowitz, CNM, MSN, has recently graduated from the Nurse-Midwifery program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She is currently working as a labor and delivery nurse and childbirth educator.
Cultural Aspects in the Care of the Orthodox Jewish Woman
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
2008 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 62–67, January-February 2008
How to Cite
Berkowitz, B. (2008), Cultural Aspects in the Care of the Orthodox Jewish Woman. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 53: 62–67. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2007.07.008
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
This article offers an overview and explanation of some of the main customs and laws in the Jewish religion surrounding the reproductive health care of the Torah-observant woman. By understanding the religious and spiritual needs and preferences of a patient, the midwife is better able to provide optimal, culturally-competent care. Some of the aspects discussed include procreation, menstruation, modesty, contraception, abortion, genetic testing, induction, the Sabbath, Kosher diet, circumcision, and naming of the child.