"You have to have children to be happy:" Exploring Beliefs About Reproduction with Burmese Refugee Women in the United States
Degree Granting Department
Roberta Baer, Ph.D.
Carol Bryant, Ph.D.
Nancy Romero-Daza, Ph.D.
Karen, Kayah, Chin Resettlement, Public Health, Migrant Health
Burmese refugees are entering the US at record speed. Resettlement agencies focus on immediate needs, and ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) fill any service gaps through community-driven programs. The Tampa Bay Burmese Council (TBBC) is an ECBO in Tampa, FL dedicated to the Burmese community. This research explores the reproductive beliefs of the women in the community, paying particular attention to any differences that arise due to beliefs specific to their ethnic group. Findings include the importance of menses for women's health, the preference for both male and female children, a lack of knowledge about family planning methods, a tendency to use family planning only after the ideal family composition is reached, and periods of food and activity prohibitions during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The recommendations offered will be used by the TBBC to apply for grants to fund needed community-based services.
Scholar Commons Citation
McGinnis, Kara E., ""You have to have children to be happy:" Exploring Beliefs About Reproduction with Burmese Refugee Women in the United States" (2012). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.
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