Body mapping to explore reproductive ethno-physiological beliefs and knowledge of contraception in Timor-Leste

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Wallace, Heather Julie, McDonald, Susan, Belton, Suzanne, Miranda, Agueda Isolina, da Costa, Eurico, da Conceicao Matos, Livio, Henderson, Helen and Taft, Angela. (2018). Body mapping to explore reproductive ethno-physiological beliefs and knowledge of contraception in Timor-Leste. Qualitative Health Research. 28(7), pp. 1171-1184. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732317750382
AuthorsWallace, Heather Julie, McDonald, Susan, Belton, Suzanne, Miranda, Agueda Isolina, da Costa, Eurico, da Conceicao Matos, Livio, Henderson, Helen and Taft, Angela
Abstract

Maternal mortality remains a significant public health challenge for Timor-Leste. Although access to quality family planning measures may greatly reduce such deaths, consideration of indigenous perceptions, and how they influence reproductive health decision-making and behavior, is crucial if health services are to provide initiatives that are accepted and helpful in improving reproductive health outcomes. We aimed to demonstrate that body mapping is an effective method to traverse language and culture to gain emic insights and indigenous worldviews. The authors’ two qualitative research projects (2013 and 2015) used a decolonizing methodology in four districts of Timor-Leste, body mapping with 67 men and 40 women to illuminate ethno-physiology and indigenous beliefs about conception, reproduction, and contraception. Body mapping provided a beneficial conduit for identifying established indigenous reproductive perceptions, understandings, and vocabulary, plus fears surrounding contraception. This may inform health service provision and engagement, ultimately improving the reproductive health of community members.

Keywordsbody mapping; ethno-physiology; ethno-anatomy; reproductive health; contraception; qualitative; decolonizing Timor-Leste; South East Asia
Year2018
JournalQualitative Health Research
Journal citation28 (7), pp. 1171-1184
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN1049-7323
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732317750382
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85041928176
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1171-1184
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