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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.


Contents include

  • Findings of research
  • Not taking the newborn out during the first 30 days
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Feeding practices
  • Rituals for a newborn
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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...

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