Child Health and Childrearing: Traditional and Changed Patterns Among Hmong Women
In this chapter, childrearing beliefs and practices and their relation to child health in the Hmong culture is discussed. Focusing in particular on both traditional and changed patterns of beliefs and practices related to a newborn infant among the Hmong who are now living in Australia. In addition, discussion on the implications of Hmong cultural beliefs and practices for child health services and health promotion campaigns is provided. This chapter is based on research in Australia among Hmong women who are refugees from Southeast Asia and who have migrated to Australia since 1975, but particularly in the last ten years. Ethnographic interviews were conducted covering a number of issues concerning reproductive health, including the experience of childbearing, with 27 Hmong women in Melbourne.
- Findings of research
- Not taking the newborn out during the first 30 days
- Sleeping arrangements
- Feeding practices
- Rituals for a newborn