Explanatory Models about Maternal and Infant Health and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome among Asian-born Mothers
In this chapter, we explore explanatory models of maternal and infant health among Asian-born women living Victoria, Australia. We illustrate how existing narratives of health and illness form the context for the way in which these women talk about SIDS, a disease they say is not one they were familiar with in their home countries. For these women, SIDS represents a new risk to their infant’s health and it is a risk they say is related to giving the baby ‘too little attention’ and exposing it to too much ‘cold’ or ‘wind.’ Women stress the importance of cuddling and lots of attention to protect the babies' health and explain that these health enhancing practices are vital for the maintenance of their own and their infant’s health.
- Introduction to the study
- Discussions and implications.