Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
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TORRES, Danelia Gómez; REZA, Cleotilde García and OCAMPO, Catalina Ofelia López. Ticitl: being and doing: divine ancestral characters of Mexican perinatal nursing. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.spe, pp. 94-99. ISSN 0104-0707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072011000500012.
History influences one's conception of the meaning of nursing. This statement gave way to developing this qualitative, cross-sectional historical investigation. The object of this study is the pre-colonial historical origin of Ticitl, and the objective of this study is to show the hierarchical level of the healthcare giver at that time, as well as the health care interventions carried out then. A systemic approach was carried out to collect, organize, and critically evaluate the data. The nomination of the task was given according to Roman law; the designation of responsibility was of divine origin; before exercising their profession they acquired a practice that lasted several years, converting them into respected and esteemed beings within society, having needed to annually appear before a council to verify their knowledge. The Ticitl exercised a true "obstetrics matriarchy" and was treated with reverence for the valuable services they provided during pregnancy through giving care, guidance, and religious ceremonies.
Keywords : Nursing history; Culture; Prenatal care.