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Maternity care experiences of Asia ethnic minorities in rural Tasmania, Australia : a mixed methods study

Hoang, Ha, Le, Quynh and Kilpatrick, Sue 2011, Maternity care experiences of Asia ethnic minorities in rural Tasmania, Australia : a mixed methods study. In Le, Quynh (ed), Health and well-being : a social and cultural perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, Hauppauge, N.Y., pp.157-171.

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Title Maternity care experiences of Asia ethnic minorities in rural Tasmania, Australia : a mixed methods study
Author(s) Hoang, Ha
Le, Quynh
Kilpatrick, Sue
Title of book Health and well-being : a social and cultural perspective
Editor(s) Le, Quynh
Publication date 2011
Series Public Health in the 21st Century
Chapter number 14
Total chapters 24
Start page 157
End page 171
Total pages 15
Publisher Nova Science Publishers, Inc
Place of Publication Hauppauge, N.Y.
Keyword(s) Asian women
Cultural diversity
Health services for migrants
Maternity care
Reproductive health
Barriers to accessing maternity care
Summary When migrating to Australia Asian women bring with them birthing cultural beliefs and practices, many of which are different from the Australian medical and cultural understanding of reproduction. Such cultural differences may result in conflicts between clients and health care providers especially when the migrants have a poor knowledge of English. The research investigates the maternity care experiences of Asian migrants in Tasmania. The barriers that Asian migrants face in accessing maternity care services and the factors that affect their views towards maternity care were also explored. A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods was employed. Ten women from different ethnic minorities were invited to semi-structured interviews. The qualitative data were analysed using grounded theory. Findings from the interviews were utilized to design a survey questionnaire. Of the 150 survey questionnaires posted, 121 questionnaires were returned. Descriptive statistics and Chi-square tests of independence were used to analyse the quantitative data. Asian migrants followed some traditional practices such as having good rest and eating hot food during the postpartum month. However, they tended to adapt or disregard traditional practices that were no longer applicable in the new environment including the practices of not washing or having a shower. Support is vital for women recovering after childbirth to prevent postnatal depression. Two main barriers migrant women face in accessing health care are language and cultural barriers. Country of origin, partner’s ethnicity, religion and length of stay in Australia are factors that shape the migrants’ views and attitudes towards and experience of maternity care. Providing interpreting services, social support for migrant women and improving the cross-cultural training for healthcare providers are recommended to improve available maternal care services. The factors that affect migrants’ view on maternity care should be taken into account when providing maternity care for Asian migrant women.
ISBN 1612094872
Language eng
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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