Culturally appropriate Maternity Nursing Care for the Muslim mother

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Culturally appropriate Maternity Nursing Care for the Muslim mother

Maternity Cultural CompetencyMuslim Culture RefresherEye contact- Muslims typically will avoid direct eye contact during a conversation as a sign of respect for the speaker.Touch- Muslim patients avoid excessive touch between members of the opposite gender or strangers, including shaking hands, hugging, or patting the shoulder.Handedness- The left hand is considered unclean in many Muslim cultures (used in toileting) To avoid offence, use the right hand for feeding, administering medications, or handing something to a Muslim patient.Dress- Muslim women are expected to wear loose clothing that covers their arms, chest and legs. Many Muslims women also wear a head covering called a hijabSame gendered- In a healthcare setting, there may be a strong preference for treatment by providers of the same gender. Women will specially appreciate treatment by another woman during gynecological exams and during childbirth.Dietary- Forbidden foods include pork, lard, and gelatin made from pork products. Fasting during Ramadan is excused for women who are pregnant, menstruating, lactating, or within 40 days of childbirth.

PregnancyMuslims place a strong emphasis on legal marriage between a man and woman as the only appropriate venue for sexual intercourse and the raising of children.The birth of a child is a joyous event and all children are seen as gifts from God; boys and girls

Pregnancy ClassesSources of childbirth education among Muslim women are the same as those for other women: prenatal classes & regular doctors visits.Muslim husbands also attend childbirth education classes with their wives.Culturally competent ways of giving information may include letting couples know they dont have to watch the birthing videos if they are not comfortable with viewing it (graphic) respecting beliefs and modesty

ChildbirthIn the Quran (Muslim Holy Book), childbirth and labor are recognized as extremely painful and taxing experiences.The physical and emotional pain a mother endures during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum = elevated status to mothers. The Quran says to, Respect the womb that bore you.One owes to their mothers three times more love and obedience than that owed to ones father, and that Paradise lies at the feet (serving the needs) of ones mother.

Postpartum - MotherMedications: May be resisted if contains alcohol or pork. Will ultimately chose to use medications if mothers life is in jeopardy.

Diet: Hot liquids such as tea or soup are common postpartum foods. Bread is also common at every meal.

Hygiene: Muslims generally cleanse themselves with running water after toileting and thus find proper perineal care after birth a natural extension of this practice. Muslim women are exempted from performing ritual prayers and fasting during postpartum bleeding (up to 40 days), and they are not required to make up for these missed obligations.

Breastfeeding: Islamic teachings encourage Muslim women to breastfeed their newborns up to two years. Provisions for modesty of the mother in the hospital are key to encouraging breastfeeding practice.

Birth CustomsPlacenta: After the birth of a child, some Muslim parents may request the placenta for burial.Involvement of father: In some Muslim cultures, childbirth is seen as a female issue only. A woman in labor is usually surrounded by female relatives and friends. Fathers may need assurances that the womans modesty is respected during her stay. Ritual Welcome of the Newborn ChildAdhan: The father or elder male relative will whisper in the babys right ear a call to prayer. This is done so that the first word a baby hears is the name Allah, followed by the shahadah - There is no God except God, and Muhammad is Gods messenger.Igamah: A second call to prayer performed shortly after the Adhan, reminding all present that 'Our stay on earth is short so life should be spent wisely and diligently, and not wasted'.Tahneek: A respected family member rubs a small piece of softened date (or honey) onto the infant's upper palate, preferably before the infant is first fed. The hope is that positive qualities of the family member will be imparted to the newborn child.

Ritual Welcome of the Newborn Child-continuedTaweez: In some Muslim cultures a black string with a small pouch containing a prayer may be tied around the baby's wrist or neck to protect the babys health.Male circumcision: Muslims generally circumcise boys within a few weeks of birth.Agigah: On the seventh day following a birth, the family may arrange for a sheep to be slaughtered as a sign of gratitude. The meat is distributed to the family and the poor.Shaving the hair: Also on the seventh day, many Muslim will shave the infants hair, signifying the childs pure state at birth. An equivalent weight in silver may then be donated to charity.

ConclusionIt is important to recognize the practicing Muslim mother in order to provider her with the most appropriate and culturally specific care available.Understanding the customs and beliefs of the Muslim family during the birthing process allows for greater individualized care and better outcomes.

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