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Strategies for Incorporating Cultural Competence Into Childbirth Education Curriculum

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Cultural competence affects all interactions with prospective parents and families. Childbirth educators need to assess their own cultural competence, beginning with an understanding of their own background and how it affects interactions with families. The purpose of this article is to enhance the incorporation of cultural competency, cultural awareness, and cultural sensitivity into the childbirth education curricula. Methods for enhancing cultural competence in a multicultural global society are discussed. Strategies are also presented to address the challenges of assessing parents and families of diverse cultures and their beliefs, traditions, and special needs in the plan of care.
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Keywords: childbirth education; cultural awareness; cultural competence; cultural sensitivity

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2007

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