Informal Session: Stories about Birth, Cultural Celebrations, Cultural Observations
Organizer: Jackie Leung, Oregon State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is it our families from the Pacific do? What are the practices back home and how does it compare to their experiences in the U.S.? Is it as welcoming? Is it scary? A pilot study conducted with an academic nurse researcher from Washington State University in partnership with a statewide nonprofit that serves the Micronesian community learned that prenatal care is often sought late in care. One reason: Micronesian women do not think it is necessary to get prenatal care, because the only times to visit the doctor is when you are ill or about to giv birth. Prenatal care is a medicalized term. What 'words' describe care during pregnancy? This session is an open discussion on what care means.