Birthing on country: an elusive ideal?

Felton-Busch, Catrina (2009) Birthing on country: an elusive ideal? Contemporary Nurse, 33 (2). pp. 161-162.

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Abstract

The concept of birthing on country for Aboriginal people means having babies born on traditional lands, and more recently the term is used to indicate the desire of Aboriginal communities to have our babies born in our communities. Being born on country connects an Aboriginal person to the land and community in a deeply cultural way and affords life-long privileges such as hunting and fishing rights, as well as life-long responsibilities for looking after country, both land and people. For Aboriginal women, birthing has moved from the personal to the political, as governments provide policies about what is 'best' for Aboriginal women and their babies.

Item ID: 11039
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
Keywords: nursing; Aboriginal; maternity services; health policy; birthing on country; remote
ISSN: 1037-6178
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 00:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 80%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 50%
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