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NotWithout My Daughter Part II

NotWithout My Daughter Part II

InIran, nutrition does have other purposes other than the regular valueof hunger satisfaction. One of these purses includes ritual purposesfor symbolizing essential values of the society upholds. Forinstance, Mahmoody’s family had carried purchased a sheep prior tothe visitors’ arrival. They animal was supposed to be slaughteredin advance and placed at the doorstep so that the Moody and hisfamily could cross over it. The ritual, then required the family todistribute the meat to poor people in the community. Moreover,physicians should understand that food illustrates acceptance ofcultural and peaceful coexistence in Iran. Sometimes, people usefoods as an expression of compassion or anger (Mahmoody &amp Hoffer,1988). In the movie, Mahtob went for dinner with her friends in theevening as a cultural way of celebrating significant events. Nutritionists should also understand that socioeconomic status andreligious restrictions or other limitations on the diets available topatients. For example, Iranians follow the diets recommended in theKoran strictly. This implies that patients cannot take some foodssuch as pork, which is restricted by the Koran. Nutritionists shouldfamiliarize with vegetables, cereals and other food varieties thatIranians have prior to recommending diet program. Moreover, thesocioeconomic of individuals influence the food choice (Richter,2005).

Americanphysicians treating Iranian women should understand that the birthcontrol methods allowed in the US vary significantly with the onesused in Iran. For example, abortion, morning after pills, condomsand sterilization are some of contraception methods widely used inAmerica. However, Iranian women differ from their Americans whooften prefer getting few children. Many Iranian women are homemakerswhile career women dominate in the US. In addition, abortion islegal in some states in the US, while it is strictly illegal in Iran(Richter, 2005). This makes this option unsuitable for Iranians. Onthe same note, physicians should understand that Iranian culture isbased on strict adherence of Islamic teachings that restrictpremarital and extramarital affairs that necessitate contraceptivecontrol methods such as morning-after pills, condoms, abortion, andfamily injections planted on women immediately after birth. Islamdictates that women should refrain from getting intimate during thegestation period and soon after postpartum (Mahmoody &amp Hoffer,1988). In the movie, the Pasdar officials harass Betty three timesfor minor reasons. For example, she was accused of exposing her hairand knees at different times. The officials insisted that she had towear clothes that could not expose any part of her because only herhusband was supposed to see her beauty. This means that she couldonly get children or get intimate with her legitimate partner hence,no need for using protective contraception, such as the condoms,which are necessary is secular states such as the US (Purnell, 2012).

Iranianculture believes averting potential death using advanced medical carestrategies. This implies that sick persons are taken to hospitalswhere physicians can use life-supporting machines and medications toextend their lives. In case a death occurs, Iranians consider this apersonal failure of health care experts since they have strategiesfor controlling death. In the movie, Mahmoody finds it challenging toacquire work after returning to Iran because he does not havecertificates to prove that he has the essential skills for caring forthe sick persons. In addition, Betty and Mahtob escape as Moody wasattending an emergency at the hospital (Purnell, 2012). One of thepeople injured during the war had difficulty breathing, so herequired professional doctor’s assistance in order to prevent himfrom suffering from death. The emergencies in the hospitals aremedical services provided to seriously ill patients. This impliesthat doctors providing healthcare services to Iranians should focuson saving lives and making the right diagnoses of lethal conditionsin advance. Similarly, doctors should understand that Iranians dooften wait for family members to arrive so that they can proceed withthe burial ceremony. This explains the reason Moody was willing tolet Betty travel back to the United States so that he could attendher father’s burial (Richter, 2005).

Medicalexperts attending Iranians should understand that their spiritualityprohibits women from exposing their nakedness, especially, to othermen apart from their legitimate husbands. During the time Betty spentin Iran, the pasdars stopped her three times in Tehran. The firsttime was because her headscarf had covered her hair completelysecond, she was wearing wrinkled socks while the third was because asmall section of her knee was visible because of her falling socks(Purnell, 2012). This implies that hospitals attending Iraniansshould have women doctors attend to the female patients. In addition,majority of Iranians’ spirituality, beliefs are based on Islam(Richter, 2005). For example, Mahmoody reverted to his strict Islamicbehaviors after they arrived in Tehran. Her wife had to wear a longblack dress and cover her face like other Iranian women. Similarly,Mahmoody took the responsibility of providing for his family, as theIslamic faith requires of him. Healthcare experts should inquire fromtheir patients if they need to see someone such as a clergy or eatsome diets to recover faster. For instance, Mahtob’s school allowedher a day off during Christmas day so that she could celebrate theday. On that evening, she went to a dinner party as well as,received Christmas gifts from her father’s family the following day(Mahmoody &amp Hoffer, 1988).

Priorto a health care professional starting to provide health careservices in Iran, the individuals should be licensed by the country’shealthcare department to ensure they have relevant skills and ethics. After Mahmoody’s return to his homeland, it took him a long timeto get an employment opportunity as because he was an Americantrained doctor. The local authorities could not approve him to workin the healthcare centers because they were not sure whether theAmerican treatment approaches were suitable for the local patients(Purnell, 2012). In addition, the healthcare practices in the UnitedStates were definitely different from the ones in his home country.Doctors should also understand that that Iranians give priority tohealth care services thus, they should be available to respond toemergency cases. In the movie, Betty and her daughter escaped whenMoody was attending an emergency service at the hospital (Richter,2005).

Thegender of health care experts is critical when attending Iraniancommunity. The cultural belief of the society has strict regulationsthat prohibit women from exposing their bodies to men. Thegynecologist should specifically ensure to have women doctors whowould attend to the female doctors. In the film, NotWithout My Daughter,Betty is stopped by the pasdar at least three times when she was inTehran. The Pasdar is special patrol units in the Tehran in charge ofensuring that women are dressed decently as well as, they are notexposing their bodies to the public. However, the healthcarepractitioners are perceived as unique members in the society sincethey can treat women, even though they might have to see theirnakedness. For instance, some patients that Mahmoody treated werewomen (Richter, 2005). The movie reveals that Betty was one ofMoody’s patients in the United States. The healthcareprofessionals should have advanced skills in their respective field.By the time Betty and Mahtob were escaping, the Iranian authority wasstill waiting to approve Moody’s experience in the healthcareprofession (Purnell, 2012).


Mahmoody,B., &amp Hoffer, W. (1988). Notwithout my daughter.New York: St. Martin`s Paperbacks.

Richter,J. (2005). Iran,the culture.New York: Crabtree Pub. Co.

Purnell,L. (2012). Transculturalhealth care: A culturally competent approach.Philadelphia: F A Davis.