Maternity Care for Vietnamese in America


  • Ruth Gordon Thomas R.N., Ed.D.,

    1. Ruth Gordon Thomas, R.N., Ed.D., is Vice-Coordinator, Northern Virginia Chapter, NAACOG; Education Chairman, Virginia Section, NAACOG; member of American Nurses Association, District 8; member of Phi Delta Kappa; and Associate Professor of Nursing and Program Head at Northern Virginia Community College.
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  • Patricia A. Tumminia R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Ed.M.

    1. Patricia A. Tumminia, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Ed.M., is a member of National League for Nursing; American Nurses Association, District 8, Virginia; Virginia Nurses Coalition for Action in Politics (VANCAP); Professor of Nursing at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.
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ABSTRACT: Among Vietnamese families receiving maternity care in the United States are people with at least five different social backgrounds and religious beliefs. Maternity care is affected by these, and many traditional cultural beliefs and customs regarding pregnancy and birth.