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Tika tonu - young Maori mothers' experiences of wellbeing following birth

18 months
Approved budget:
Dr Aria Graham
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Māori Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
My research centres on exploring the wellbeing of young Maori mama utilising a kaupapa Maori methodology to frame the research process. The initial analysis utilised contemporary western research analytical tools as well as concepts unique to Te Ao Maori to explore the stories shared by the mama. This included conceptualising and theorising through a Maori worldview and consulting with rangatira and leaders. From this I formulated a conceptual framework based on origins of creation and Maori models of wellbeing to help make sense of and assemble the findings. Drawing on kaupapa Maori, mana wahine and feminist theory I am exploring the thinking and intersections related to validation and legitimacy of Maori mothering, Euro-western notions of motherhood, mana wahine concepts of the female element and positioning. I am also exploring the wellbeing experiences of indigenous mothers and the distinct concepts, values and beliefs that impact on mama and child health outcomes.