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BULA ROMERO, Javier A.; MAZA PADILLA, Luz Enith  and  OROZCO VALETA, Martha. Cultural care practices in the reproductive continuum of Embera Katio women of the Alto Sinú. Enfermería (Montevideo) [online]. 2019, vol.8, n.1, pp.59-78. ISSN 1688-8375.

Care is present in all cultures and has different characteristics in each one of them; a stage of the life course where the cultural care in the indigenous communities is most clearly evidente is in the reproductive stage. Qualitative ethnographic interpretive research, which seeks to describe, explain and interpret cultural care practices in the reproductive continuum of Embera Katio women. Results: four categories of analysis emerged as described below: preparation of the Embera woman to house the seed that will sprout from her; sheltering the seed of the Embera people in the mother's womb; when the seed sprouts: a new life emerges and the harmony and restoration of health in the mother-child dyad. Conclusions: the reproductive continuum of the Embera Katio woman is represented by a set of care practices of intergenerational order, which are supported by knowledge and specific cultural behavior, which guarantees the protection of the woman and her offspring. The following cultural care practices stand out in this interpretive synthesis: the Jemené: rite that marks the beginning of the Embera Katio woman to the fertile life; feeding: a way to preserve the welfare of the mother and her unborn child; the verticalization of childbirth and the use of medicinal plants during labor; the advice and accompaniment of the traditional midwife during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum and, lastly, rest and harmony of the mother and newborn in the postpartum period.

Keywords : Women; Ethnic Groups; Practices; Cultural Care..

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