Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2019


School of Health Sciences


Biology: Biomedical Sciences


women, health care, culture, patient care, health disparities, minority health, African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, female genital cutting, obstetric fistulas, pregnancy, childbirth, midwifery, nursing, physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, cultural intelligence, CQ, health issues, global health, immigrants, migrants, cancer


Family Medicine | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Oncology | Social Statistics | Women's Studies


Women's health care professionals, such as general physicians, obstetricians and gynecologists, midwives, nurses, and doulas, in the US need to be aware of cultural issues and disparities. Minorities and migrant women experience cultural challenges and disparities when receiving health care in the US. Without cultural sensitivity, patient care is compromised. Pregnancy and childbirth practices vary widely by culture, and potential differences in perspectives, beliefs, and treatment of these are critical issues for women’s health care professionals to study. Female genital cutting (FGC), obstetric fistulas (OF), and female cancer are also discussed in this paper.