The face of America is changing. Always an immigrant society, the U.S. is home to a myriad of cultures, socioeconomic groups, and family structures. As the population soars in diversity, emergency medical service providers must be prepared to care for childbearing families from many cultures. EMS providers who treat pregnant women are expected to provide clinically safe and culturally sensitive care. Knowledge of cultures and the influence they have on women’s perceptions of childbirth can help EMS providers promote positive outcomes for women and their families. All cultures and families need to be given the same respect and welcome; be assured of a birth experience that benefits from the highest quality of care; have their religious, ethnic and cultural values respected and integrated into their care; and have their physical and educational needs met in a way that respects spiritual beliefs and individuality.
The goal of this cultural childbirth continuing education module is to improve the ability of EMS providers to assess and meet the diverse sociocultural needs of childbearing women and their families. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss the relationship of culture, subculture, acculturation, assimilation, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism to healthcare practice
- Recognize a variety of ethnic and cultural beliefs and practices related to childbearing and family
- Identify needs unique to culturally diverse women and their families who adhere to traditional beliefs and practices regarding childbearing
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Basic
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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