Nursing Cultural preference influences how health and healthcare is perceived and received. As the RN working in labor and delivery, you are completing an initial patient assessment and ask about cultural preferences. Describe how this knowledge will influence the type of care you provide during the labor and birth process. Describe how this knowledge will influence your plan of care for the intrapartal patient with and without complications. Who needs to be made aware of this information? What if a member of the health care team does not support the modifications made to meet the cultural requests of the patient and family?