Women Born in Asia: Their Obstetric Profiles - a Victorian Study
This chapter provides information on beliefs and practices of Cambodian women in relation to birthing and antenatal care and how these affect their lifestyle when living in a new country with a different health care system. It also aims to promote sensitivity and understanding among health care providers. Differences in cultural expectations and values between clients and service providers may have an effect on the utilisation of health care among clients as well as on the provision of health care among service providers. Because the beliefs, attitudes and practices of pregnant Khmer (Cambodian) women differ from those of clinical staff who provide them with prenatal care, it is necessary to appreciate, explore and document the cultural meanings and social relationships that shape the health care system. The information provided in this chapter is partly based on the author's personal experience as a Cambodian woman as well as on work experience in community health with Cambodians in Melbourne. Although the beliefs and practices of the women vary – depending on where they were brought up, on their educational level and on their age/generation – many of them share common experiences and knowledge that they receive from their parents and older relatives.
- Data, definitions and methodology
- Results and interpretation
- Characteristics of past obstetric history
- Characteristic of most recent birth
- Antenatal care and services
- Discussion and implications for birthing services