Understanding South Asian Immigrant Women's Food Choices in the Perinatal Period

Higginbottom, Gina M.A. and Vallianatos, Helen and Shankar, Janki and Davey, Christina and Osswald, Barbara (2016) Understanding South Asian Immigrant Women's Food Choices in the Perinatal Period. International Journal of Women's Health and Wellness, 2 (1). pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Background: Food practices throughout the perinatal period have a profound influence on the health and wellbeing of a mother and her child. Following migration, pregnant immigrant women bring with them culturally-situated beliefs about appropriate eating behaviours, while simultaneously encountering new socio-cultural environments that can negatively affect their food choices. Research is needed to inform and improve the provision of culturally appropriate maternal health and nutritional care.

Methods: We employed a focused ethnography, photo-voice methods, and photo-assisted interviews to explore and understand South Asian immigrant women’s food choices and practices during the perinatal period and to investigate the intersectionality of these factors in a social context of cultural adaptation and adjustment.

Findings: The key themes constructed from the data included (a) general health beliefs, (b) antenatal and postnatal food choices including Ayurvedic medical beliefs, (c) social advice and socio-economic factors.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research study used an innovative photo-voice methodology and it is rare to see publications in scientific journals using this method with the associated visual imaginary. The study received national funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). In the context of international global migration the paper provides significant and important insights into the food choices of immigrant women. The findings being to transferable to the South Asian diaspora in Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Co-authored with colleagues at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Canada.
Keywords: Food Practices, Immigrant Health, Women’s Health, Culturally Appropriate, South Asian, Pregnancy, Perinatal, Canada
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Higginbottom, Gina
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 09:38
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 23:38
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35252

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