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This paper is a cross-cultural comparison of how people spend their days in different cultures. The individuals highlighted in the paper come from across the world and are of various ages and situations. The paper first describes the life of a 60-year old widow who lives in the US. Then, the paper tells of a father of 12 living in Africa. Then it compares the situations of two expectant mothers, one in the US and the other in China. It considers their options regarding prenatal care and cultural values such as the father being present for the birth. Finally, the paper imagines the experiences of a newborn going to the doctor in Mali, Africa.
From the Paper:"What a joy! I am 27 years old and I am 6 months pregnant with my second child- a baby boy. I have gone to my physician, religiously, as I have learned that I must accomplish at least 13 visits to achieve a low-risk pregnancy (Holtz & Grisdale, 2007) and I want only the best prenatal care for myself and for my child. This includes the proper diet, as recommended by my doctor. And when I give birth, it will be in a hospital where I will get the best assistance from highly trained medical professionals (Holz & Grisdale, 2007). I am also attending a series of childbirth education classes with my husband who is excited to come along as he wants to be a part of each stage of our baby's life. I educate myself in these matters because I want my baby to be healthy and I want to avoid poor birth outcomes like my baby having a birth defect, which is the leading cause of infant mortality here in the United States (Holtz & Grisdale, 2007).
"Now, think how it may be like for a pregnant mother who lives in China, where pregnancy is influenced not only by culture but also by politics..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Holloway, Kris (20 July, 2006). "A Morning of Weighing Babies," Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press.
- Holloway, Kris (20 July, 2006). "The Death of Old Woman Kelema," Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press.
- Holtz, Carol and Grisdale, Suzanne (2007). "Chapter 16: Global Health in Reproduction and Infants." Global Health Care: Issues and Policies. Boston, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
- Koehler, Fred. "One Step at a Time," Crossing Cultures with the Peace Corps. Retrieved from: http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/stories/stories.cfm?psid=15 (12 November 2009).
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