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Commentary—Making the Most of Your Revista Lamaze: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Hispanic Clients

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Abstract:

The traditional classroom in many Latin American countries does not overtly support an environment of discussion, reflection, and analysis—the foundation of a Lamaze education. Even when working with couples from cultures that reflect learning styles different from our own, it is possible for the childbirth educator to be faithful to the goals of Lamaze education by changing the way in which information is presented and by encouraging learner participation. By using Revista Lamaze, combined with culturally appropriate teaching techniques, a childbirth educator can successfully educate Hispanic couples without offending their culture.

Keywords: Revista Lamaze; culturally responsive childbirth education

Document Type: Standard Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812499X87213

Affiliations: SUSAN NADATHUR has worked extensively with Mexican, Spanish, and Puerto Rican communities and is currently teaching childbirth education at La Concepcióan Hospital in San Germán, Puerto Rico. She is a nationally recognized speaker and writer with a special concentration in cross-cultural sensitivity in childbirth in the area of cross-cultural language and diversity training for professionals in the fields of health and human services.

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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