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Anthropological expertise facilitates multicultural women's health care
Date:11/28/2012

communication during the mutual care encounter. To avoid misunderstandings of this type given the increased emphasis for clinicians to spend more time with clients during the medical consultation it is essential to promote a consultation arena with two experts in the room: the woman and the doctor/midwife.

"My studies show that Somali women have as a first priority a need for competent and safe care, just as the majority of all pregnant women. Optimal interpreter use is a key ingredient," she says.

Binder also shows that Somali parents' childbearing roles have changed after migration. Interviews with Somali fathers indicate a welcomed engagement during their wives' pregnancy health checkups and supportive care in a way that was unthinkable in Somalia. Childbearing decision-making is now shared, including the mutual decision to abandon traditions such as circumcision of daughters. This example suggests that deeply -rooted traditions can change after migration.

The thesis shows that the influence of cultural traditions and social norms, both among maternity caregivers and care-seeking women, on complex clinical problems can be better understood thanks to collaboration between medical and anthropological expertise. The work was conducted in collaboration with Associate Professor Birgitta Essn, Uppsala University, and Professor Sara Johnsdotter, Malm University.


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Contact: Pauline Binder
pauline.binder@kbh.uu.se
46-073-444-2246
Uppsala University
Source:Eurekalert

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