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The Importance of Culture in Childbearing


  • Lynne Porter Lewallen

    1. PhD, RN, CNE, is an associate professor in the Parent-Child Department, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
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  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.

Lynne Porter Lewallen, PhD, RN, CNE, University of North Carolina Greensboro, School of Nursing, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.


In 1972, Mary Lou Moore wrote about the importance of nurses in the United States becoming aware of childbirth traditions of other countries. In 2010, North America has become more culturally diverse, and the dominant culture related to childbirth has become the hospital culture. Nurses must acknowledge this unique culture and work to make women of all cultures comfortable in this setting to ensure a safe and satisfying childbearing experience.