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Chungará (Arica)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-7356

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ALARCON, Ana M  y  NAHUELCHEO S, Yolanda. PREGNANCY, DELIVERY, AND POST PARTUM BELIEFS AMONG MAPUCHE WOMEN: PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2008, vol.40, n.2, pp.193-202. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562008000200007.

This study describes the perceptions and beliefs about pregnancy, delivery, and the post partum period among Mapuche women in the Araucania region. The results demonstrate the existence of a complex system of cultural care for the Mapuche woman in this stage of her life. Social and cultural rules delimit what is allowed during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Among these wefound rigorous feeding rules, the prohibition of participation in certain social events, and the prevention of contact with Mapuche spirits that could harm the pregnant women other child. The cultural pattern of care combines physical, environmental, and spiritual elements of both conventional and Mapuche medicine. For example, maintaining a balance between cold and heat, as well as obeying Mapuche cultural rules, shape women's health behaviours. Knowledge of these cultural patterns of care could contribute to the development of intercultural activities within the woman's health program in our country.

Palabras clave : Mapuche women; pregnancy; childbirth; postpartum.

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