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Ciencia y enfermería

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Abstract

LAZA VASQUEZ, Celmira  and  RUIZ DE CARDENAS, Carmen Helena. BETWEEN THE NECESSITY AND THE FAITH: THE TRADITIONAL MIDWIVES OF THE VALLEY OF THE CIMITARRA RIVER. Cienc. enferm. [online]. 2010, vol.16, n.1, pp.69-76. ISSN 0717-9553.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95532010000100008.

This article analyzes the characteristics of traditional midwives in the Valley of Cimitarra river of colombian Magdalena-Medio region in relation to their environmental context. This approach was used to describe the situation on the remote rural region, and the essential features of the seven midwives who participated in the study. This study assumes the Leininger's theoretical viewpoint to understand the cultural beliefs and practices embedded in particular ambiance. This article support how the characteristics of traditional midwives are the result of its adverse social, economic and political adverse context within this complex region, and likewise, how the need to take care of life determined the reasons that led the midwifery to become part of their duty, supporting it in faith to different deities.

Keywords : Traditional midwives; care practices; beliefs; context; learning; nursing.

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