Displaced mothers: Birth and resettlement, gratitude and complaint

Niner, S, Kokanovic, R and Cuthbert, D 2013, 'Displaced mothers: Birth and resettlement, gratitude and complaint', Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 535-551.

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Title Displaced mothers: Birth and resettlement, gratitude and complaint
Author(s) Niner, S
Kokanovic, R
Cuthbert, D
Year 2013
Journal name Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Volume number 32
Issue number 6
Start page 535
End page 551
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In narratives of displaced Karen women from Burma, both before and after resettlement in Australia, women framed their birthing experiences with those of persecution and displacement. Although grateful for the security of resettlement in Australia, social inclusion was negligible and women's birthing experiences occurred in that context. Women described the impact of the lack of interpreting services in Australian hospitals and an absence of personal and communal care that they expected. Frequently, this made straightforward births confusing or difficult, and exacerbated the distress of more complicated births. Differences in individual responses related to women's histories, with younger women displaying more preparedness to complain and identify discrimination. The problems identified with health care, coupled with the inability of many of the women to complain requires attention, not just within the health-care system, but more widely as part of social attitudes concerning Australia's obligations to those who seek asylum.
Subject Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Health and Community Services
Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) disparity
perinatal healthcare
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01459740.2013.769103
Copyright notice © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN 0145-9740
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