Sri Lankan-born women who have given birth in Victoria: A survey of their primary postpartum health-care needs

Irosha Nilaweera, Heather Rowe, Hau Nguyen, Joanna Burns, Frances Doran, Jane Fisher

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Women who migrate are vulnerable after giving birth. Normal postpartum adaptive challenges are heightened by separation from family and lack of familiarity with local services. The aim was to investigate primary care needs among Sri Lankan-born women with at least one Victorian-born child aged under 2 years. Health care, information and support needs and unmet needs were assessed in a structured Sinhala or English survey offered in print, online or by telephone. Fifty women provided data. Most (80%) had at least one relative from Sri Lanka to stay for postpartum support. Despite this, many had difficulties settling (62%), feeding (58%) and soothing (42%) their babies. They used significantly fewer health services on average (2.3) than mothers in the general community (2.8) (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Australia
  • Postpartum primary care
  • Sri Lankan-born mothers.

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