Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Brianna Darcy, DNP, APRN, CNP


Maternal mortality is a worldwide crisis. The rate of maternal deaths continues to rise, with pregnancy-related death highest during the postpartum period making it a critical timeframe for health restoration and care promotion. Diet and rest are essential precursors to preventing and treating postpartum complications that may lead to deaths during the postpartum period. Postpartum Hmong Women (PHW) practice a cultural tradition known as the Hmong Chicken Diet (HCD) to promote and restore health in the postpartum period. The HCD contains herbs that are believed to be effective in preventing and treating postpartum complications. The diet has been followed by PHW for many generations, but it remains foreign to modern medicine. Through Leininger’s Cultural Care Theory, the HCD represents culture care that is essential for health and care among PHW. The purpose of this scholarly project is to examine the benefits of the HCD through an analysis of the herbs in the diet and the lived experiences of 14 PHW who followed the tradition. Through one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions, the benefits of the HCD are understood. The HCD is effective in treating common postpartum complications and enhances healing for PHW. This project introduces innovative knowledge to the practice world highlighting the significance of culture on post-partum care.


SC 11.DNP.2022.Vang.S