Cultural Awareness and my Perception of Childbirth Sometimes I feel so sheltered, like I haven’t experienced as much of life as I should. Exposing myself to other people’s wild adventures and stories definitely adds to my feelings of underexposure. I definitely felt this way reading Monique and the Mango Rains, the story of a Malian midwife volunteer, Kris Holloway, who just up and decided to go to Mali and expose her to a drastically different cultural experience. Kris grew a lot during the course of the book. As students of nursing, it is our responsibility to learn as much as we can about cultural differences and be aware, respectful and professional about these differences. The field of nursing is very diverse and “cultural awareness,”...The end:
.....ving a child, which is probably why I went into studying nursing and found science so interesting. Both are valid ways of looking at childbirth, but I’m glad I read the book because it really expanded my ideological and cultural horizons. Overall, “cultural awareness” is important to being a good nursing student in the 21st century. Though sometimes I feel culturally cut off, I must do more to expand my own cultural awareness in order to be the best nurse I can be. Monique and the Mango Rains taught me that cultural deviation and cultural immersion is a good thing, and though we may have different perceptions of childbirth, all perceptions are valid. Bibliography Holloway, Kris. (2007). Monique and the Mango Rains. Illinois: Waveland Press.