Date of Award

Summer 6-13-2008

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Susan K Nash

Second Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt


The purpose of this project is to provide an overview of Maternal Role Attainment (MRA) theory as discussed in nursing literature and explore how separation from culture may affect the transition to becoming a mother. Nursing issues related to teaching and supporting recent immigrant Sudanese women will also be identified. MRA is a complex developmental and transitional experience for women. In the United States, many women take on this role with the support of their culture, family, friends and community. However, over the past few years, the local public health agency has served a small number of immigrant pregnant Sudanese women in southeastern Minnesota' These women experience transition to motherhood without the support of their culture, family, friends and community. Nurses who serve this population are experiencing a lack of knowledge about how culture may influence MRA that is compounded by a lack of resources to educate and support these women in their transition to becoming mothers. This project focuses on the shared experiences of recent immigrant Sudanese women having their first baby in southeastern Minnesota.


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Nursing Commons