Doing the Month and Asian Cultures: Implications for Health Care

  title={Doing the Month and Asian Cultures: Implications for Health Care},
  author={Wei‐Chen Tung},
  journal={Home Health Care Management \& Practice},
  pages={369 - 371}
  • Wei‐Chen Tung
  • Published 22 June 2010
  • Education
  • Home Health Care Management & Practice
I am a Taiwanese-born woman and came to the United States as a registered nurse in my late 20s. I still vividly remember an American postpartum client asking me to bring her “ice water” 2 days after the delivery of her baby. Her request conflicted with my traditional health beliefs that postpartum women should avoid “cold” foods or drinks for 1 full month because they are in a “cold” state because of loss of hot blood during childbirth. This restrictive practice in the Chinese culture is… 

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