Cuban American mothers and postpartum cultural support

Doris Noel Ugarriza

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The purpose of this research study was to describe the experience of 30 Cuban American mothers from their perspective. The objective was to identify the cultural factors that influenced the postpartum adjustment of these women. A qualitative research design was used to identify: (1) the mothers' degree of acculturation into the U.S. culture and (2) the specific cultural factors used to promote healthy postpartum adaptation. Interviewing techniques were used to gather the stories of the women. Stern and Kruckman (1983) theorized that cultural components mold the outcome of postpartum adjustment. Absence of (1) a cultural recognition of a postpartum period, (2) protective measures designed to reflect the vulnerability of the new mother, (3) social seclusion, (4) mandated rest, (5) assistance with tasks, mostly from other women, and (6) social recognition of the new status for the mother increase the likelihood of the mother to develop postpartum depression. The Cuban American mothers and their families practiced all of the postpartum depression prevention practices, except for a special social recognition of the new mother. Especially noteworthy was the degree of assistance the mothers received from their own mothers during the postpartum period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Depression
  • Health promotion
  • Qualitative research
  • Women's mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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