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Can he be Born on Tuesday, Doctor?: Traditional and Changed Beliefs and Practices Related to Birth among Thai Women in Australia




Following Romalis's framework, this chapter discusses the birth experiences of Thai women who are now living in Melbourne. The chapter focuses on the women’s experiences of childbirth in the Thai context and their changed beliefs and practices after migration. The aims of this chapter are to provide an understanding of beliefs and behaviors related to birth in the home country and in a new cultural context, as explained by the Thai women, and to derive implications for culturally sensitive health services for immigrant women in a new homeland.


Contents include

  • Details of the study
  • Birth in the Thai and Australian contexts
  • The previous and changed experience of birth
  • The cultural and the changed practices
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Author / Editor Biographies

Cultural - medical anthropologist
Dr Pranee Liamputtong is a medical anthropologist whose interests include the health of women, children, immigrants, refugees, older people, and transgender individuals. In terms of health issues, Pranee is very interested in issues relating to motherhood, reproductive health, sexuality, sexual health, and mental health. She has carried out a number of research projects with refugee and immigrant women in Australia and women in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand. Recently, Pranee has focused her research on the sexuality and sexual health issues of Asian women and refugee/immigrant gro...
Charin Naksook gained her PhD from Monash University in 1994. With a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from La Trobe University, Charin studied cultural practices and childbirth among Thai woman in Australia. At present she is working on a research project led by Dr Pranee Liamputtong Rice on childbirth and the health of Southeast Asian women.

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