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Childbearing Practices of Chinese women

This chapter presents the childbearing practices of Chinese women within the context of their cultural worldviews. It discusses these practices within their social and historical contexts so that these practices are not seen to have developed purely from superstitions. This discussion highlights both the potentially positive and negative aspects of these practices so that the health care practitioner can evaluate the practices within the context of current practitioner/client encounters.

Contents include

  • Profile of the Chinese
  • Chinese beliefs about health and illness
  • Hot, cold, dirt and poison aspects of childbearing
  • Are childbearing practices rational?
  • Implications for care
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Author / Editor Biographies

Grace Tham was born in Singapore and came to Australia in 1977 to complete a course in postgraduate nursing. She stayed on after the course to complete a degree in nursing and then a Master of Educational Studies at Monash University. Currently, she is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Bundoora Campus, Melbourne, and is completing her doctoral degree at Monash University. She is married and has one son. Her areas of interest are in the cross-cultural aspects of education and medical anthropology.

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