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Honoring Motherhood: The Meaning of Childbirth for Tongan Women

Reed, Shelly J.; Callister, Lynn Clark; Kavaefiafi, ‘Ana; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):146-152, May/June 2017.

Tongan women who had recently given birth were intereviewed about their experiences in this study. The overarching theme was honoring motherhood, with other subthemes related to an unmedicated vaginal birth, spiritual dimensions of birth, cultural practices, and the concept of respect. These data will be useful for nurses caring for women from Tonga who are giving birth in the United States.