AbstractsWomens Studies

Maternity services for urban Aboriginal women : experiences of six women in Western Sydney

by Barbara Beale

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Degree: Master of Nursing
Year: 0
Keywords: Aboriginal women; childbirth; pregnancy in Aboriginal women; maternity services (Sydney, Australia)
Record ID: 1041473
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/316


The use of mainstream maternity services by urban Aboriginal women is an important issue for health professionals. Aboriginal mothers are much more likely to die in childbirth than are non-Aboriginal mothers and their excessive risk does not appear to have changed over the last two decades. The infant mortality rate is three times higher than for non-Aboriginal infants. Therefore, this project aimed to discover the cultural needs of urban Aboriginal women who use mainstream maternity services. Six Aboriginal women who were attending the ante-natal clinic at Daruk Aboriginal Medical Service were interviewed. The thesis included the following recommendations and strategies for their implementation: 1/. Establishment of a discrete Aboriginal women's health unit in Western Sydney. 2/. Provision of culturally acceptable education about pregnancy and childbirth. 3/. Promotion of breastfeeding. 4/. Education and encouragement for non- Aboriginal health professionals. Master of Nursing (Hons)