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Borders of Fertility: Unplanned Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Burmese Women Migrating to Thailand

Belton, Suzanne (2007). Borders of Fertility: Unplanned Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Burmese Women Migrating to Thailand. Health Care for Women International,28(4):419-433.

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Title Borders of Fertility: Unplanned Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Burmese Women Migrating to Thailand
Author Belton, Suzanne
Journal Name Health Care for Women International
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1096-4665   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 419
End Page 433
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Burmese women are forced to migrate to find work and security in Thailand due to the social, political, and economic disarray present in Burma. Unplanned pregnancies are common in this area, and one third of pregnancy loss is self-induced. Poverty, lack of employment rights, and domestic violence are important factors in deciding to terminate the pregnancy. Women face multiple barriers in managing their fertility and use traditional techniques often with the help of lay midwives. The research methods include a retrospective review of medical records held in Thai and Burmese-led health facilities, as well as semistructured interviews and group discussions with Burmese women experiencing a pregnancy loss, Burmese traditional and modern health workers, and their husbands and community members.
Keywords Family planning
Abortion
Thailand
Burma
Migration
Refugee
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399330601180081   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Preprint pages 1-22


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