Hmong Women and Reproduction

Hmong Women and Reproduction

Hmong Women and Reproduction

Hmong Women and Reproduction

Synopsis

Despite the fact that there are many Hmong living in the West (especially in the U.S., France, and Australia), their voices are generally not heard. This is particularly true for Hmong women. Health and welfare professionals complain that there is a lack of knowledge about Hmong women's lives, history, health needs, and reproductive customs. This book is an important resource for those who treat Hmong women.

Excerpt

In the past decade or so, a number of publications have brought together ethnographic accounts of birth and reproduction. Brigitte Jordan's work, written relatively recently (1978), was one of the first comprehensive comparative studies to draw attention to the diverse ways of managing birth and nurturing the new mother in different social and cultural settings--the Yucatan, Sweden, the United States and the Netherlands. Subsequent books by Kay (1982), MacCormack (1982), Michaelson (1988) and Jeffery et al. (1988), among others, have highlighted women's experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum and the days of early mothering, and draw attention to the roles played by others--kinswomen, husbands, children, traditional birth attendants--in the management and care of the new mother and the unborn/newborn child. Works such as this are valuable because they highlight the importance to women of reproduction in terms of their personal identity and social status as well as the ways in which their lives have centered on biological events. However, they do not adequately address the issues of reproduction of women from minority groups who have settled in Western societies. This book intends to fill this gap.

The focus of this book is the process of reproduction of one particular group of women from Southeast Asia--Hmong women who are now living in Australia. How Hmong women perceive, achieve, maintain and deal with reproduction is the main focus of this book, which also exam-

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