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A cross-cultural study of the views and attitudes towards maternity care held by migrants in rural Tasmania


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Hoang, Thi Hai Ha 2008 , 'A cross-cultural study of the views and attitudes towards maternity care held by migrants in rural Tasmania', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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When migrants arrive in Australia, they bring with them cultural lenses which
may affect the way in which they view the new cultural environment, particularly
their attitudes and behaviours may not be understood by the dominant groups.
One of the top concerns of migrants in Australia is about health care. The
concern is not about the quality of health care but fundamentally how they
access and make full use of it. Problems arise due to communication failure,
misunderstanding, cultural interference, social isolation, and particularly lack of
social capitals which support them to adapt to the new land. For migrant
women, childbirth is an enriching experience but also poses many challenges in
their acculturation into a new country. There are mixed emotions of happiness,
anxiety, and fear. Asian women may have different views and expectations
about childbirth experience and this also applies to health care workers,
particularly to those in rural areas where there are very few migrant women.
The study investigated the views and attitudes of Asian migrant women on
maternity care in rural Tasmania and their reflection on their own experiences
on childbirth in Tasmania. It was a first study dealing with Asian migrant
women's views and attitudes towards childbirth in a rural context. The study
employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. Questionnaires were used
to collect data for SPSS-based analysis. For qualitative data, interviews were
used as a research tool for data collection. Ten Asian women from diverse backgrounds were invited to participate in this study. Interview data was
entered into a word document and NVivo software was used for data analysis.
The findings reveal that Asian migrants in Tasmania have faced language and
cultural barriers when dealing with the health care system in the new
environment. As some Asian migrants still keep their traditional views and
practices on maternity care, confusion and mismatched expectations were
evident. Family plays an important role in supporting a migrant woman through
her maternity journey. It is seen as a crucial cultural and social capital for the
migrant woman's survival. The study offered some recommendations to policy
makers and community organisations in relation to health care to improve
health care services for Asian migrants in rural Tasmania.

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Authors/Creators:Hoang, Thi Hai Ha
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