Pregnancy and Delivery Practices and Beliefs of Ethiopian Immigrant Women in Israel

Michal Granot, Ada Spitzer, Karen J. Aroian, Carol Ravid, Batya Tamir, Revka Noam

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This exploratory, qualitative study compared traditional and biomedical pregnancy and delivery practices from the perspective of Ethiopian immigrant women in Israel. Findings documented that certain beliefs, such as the belief that nonmedical factors (i.e., moral behavior, God, and proper nutrition) were responsible for pregnancy outcomes, were relatively unaffected by immigration. After immigration to Israel, Ethiopian women, however, chose to deliver their babies in the hospital rather than import traditional home delivery practices from their homeland. Despite many negative aspects of labor and delivery in Israel, Ethiopian immigrant women felt that it was worth enduring negative Israeli health care practices in order to have "clean," "safe," and expert deliveries. Findings from this study assist health care professionals to provide more culturally sensitive care to this immigrant group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-313
Number of pages15
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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