CROSS-CULTURAL CARE: Henderson, left, and Kishimoto
DIFFERENT CULTURES approach health care in different ways, and understanding these differences is the key to providing culturally competent care for all patients. On Dec. 5, Marie Henderson, CNM, MSN, director of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology Nurse-Midwifery Service, presented information about MGH nurse-midwives to a group of 50 Japanese individuals living in the Boston area.
The goal of the presentation was to help patients make informed decisions about their obstetrical care and increase understanding of differences between the roles of midwives in Japan and the United States. The event was co-hosted by the Japanese Women’s Group of Boston and the Japanese Maternity Group of Boston.
Sanae Kishimoto, MHS, MPH, quality assurance manager for MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology, planned the event and accompanied Henderson to translate and provide additional information about obstetrics-related quality and safety efforts at the MGH. Prospective parents from Japan as well as a Japanese midwife and physician were among those who attended.
“The MGH is committed to providing the best and most appropriate care for our multicultural community,” says Henderson. “The focus of my presentation was the role of the nurse midwife in the United States, with examples of the MGH model of collaborative practice. Together, we had a very informative discussion of the differences between Japanese and American health care systems.”