Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa VanGetson APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Laura Wentworth APRN, DNP, CNS

Third Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


Somali women lack awareness of some of the critical lifesaving interventions that are needed during the delivery process. All these aspects are related to their mistrust and the delays in maternal care that are important in ensuring both the safety of the mother and the baby. The lack of awareness is also related to their cultural beliefs about maternal care and the induction of labor and has greatly impacted both the Somali women and the general delivery of maternal health care. This quality improvement project conducts an examination of the different aspects of perceptions among Somali women on maternal care specifically the induction of labor. This project introduces the aspects that are related to the perceptions among Somali women and some of the impacts they have in the delivery of healthcare. This is addressed through the provision of background information on the induction of labor and maternal health, objectives, and the significance of the project. The project also examines literature reviews on the induction of labor and maternal health among Somali women, the application of Madeline Leininger theory of culture care as the theoretical framework to support the importance in integrating patient􏰆s cultural background in the delivery of healthcare. Furthermore, the methodologies used, findings and the implications of plan for the future will be deliberated.


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