Maternal Health in Timor-Leste: Representations and Practices during Pregnancy, Birth and the Postnatal Period

Health, Culture and Society

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Title Maternal Health in Timor-Leste: Representations and Practices during Pregnancy, Birth and the Postnatal Period
Creator Manuel, H. B.
Ramos, N.
Subject Psychology; Cultural Health Psychology
Behaviour; culture; development; maternal health; Timor-Leste
Description Culture has a strong influence on the representations and health behaviour of individuals and groups. This is reflected in the reproductive health of the Timorese women, intervention in this field being of a priority nature in Timor-Leste in view of its high fertility and maternal mortality rates. The purpose of this ethnographic study is to analyse beliefs, representations and practices associated with pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It was conducted in Timor-Leste and involved the participation of health professionals, traditional midwives, women and couples, all of them selected through a snowball chain sampling procedure. Data was collected by means of exploratory semi-structured interviews and observation, and its content was duly analysed. The results show the existence of various recommendations, taboos and restrictions which aim at protecting the health of both mother and child, making use of traditional care practices which may vary among ethnolinguistic groups, communities or families. 
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Contributor FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia [Foundation for Science and Technology], Project PEst-OE/SADG/UI0289/2014.
Date 2017-12-08
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source Health, Culture and Society; Perspectives II; 30-46
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Health, Culture and Society

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