Maternal Health for CALD Women Resource [HTML, PDF]

Maternal Health for CALD Women Resource [HTML, PDF]

This HTML and PDF resource is a guidance document for health providers working with Asian, Middle Eastern and African women.

It contains research materials, useful cultural assessment tools and tips and case scenarios to enable learners to gain knowledge and skills.

The aim is to:

  • Promote culturally appropriate services and support for CALD women transitioning from pregnancy and birth to parenthood.

  • Promote best practice in maternity care for CALD women.

  • Improve care for CALD women and their babies in birthing units and community settings through health provider’s understanding of:

    • The cultural beliefs, health practices and perspectives of CALD women towards pregnancy, birth, postnatal care, parenting education and nutrition.

    • Culturally appropriate approaches to addressing emotional distress and perinatal depression in migrant and refugee-background mothers.

  • Improve perinatal mental health care and support for CALD women through health providers understanding of the:

    • Transition period to new parenthood and the social, cultural and religious factors which shape emotional responses to parenthood for CALD women and their families.

    • Culturally appropriate approaches to addressing emotional distress and perinatal depression in migrant and refugee-background mothers.

    • Cultural factors’ that impact on postpartum depressive symptomatology.

  • Provide culturally appropriate assessment and screening tools for health providers to improve maternal health outcomes for CALD women and their families.

Who should view this resource

Health providers who contribute to the care of women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period including: Lead Maternity Carers (LMC), hospital midwives, general practitioners (GPs), obstetricians, neonatologists, paediatricians, Well Child/Tamariki Ora (WCTO) nurses, public health nurses, practice nurses, allied health professionals, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and other mental health practitioners. The way in which different health providers or health practitioners use these resources will vary depending on their knowledge, skills and role, as well as the setting in which care is provided.


It is expected that viewers will:

  1. Have completed CALD 1: Culture and Cultural Competency.

  2. Additionally, it is highly recommended that the readers of this resource will:

Additional valuable information on working in a culturally competent way with migrants, refugees and interpreters can be found in the following courses and supplementary resources:

  1. Working with Asian Mental Health Clients.

  2. Working with Middle Eastern and African Mental Health Clients.

  3. CALD Family Violence Resource for Health Practitioners: Working with Asian, Middle Eastern and African Clients.

To access the above courses you need to check your eligibility and how to register/enrol.

This resource is available in three formats. You can access them as follows:

  1. HTML online version: Click on the GO TO LOGIN button below to go to the LOGIN page to access your eCALD® user account. Once you are in your account, you will be able to find the resource under the ONLINE RESOURCES section. Reminder: please complete pre-requisite course(s). If you do not have an account, please check eligibility and how to register/enrol for a course here. NB. the online resource contains multi-media scenarios and require viewers to use headphones or speakers.
  2. PDF Version: Click the DOWNLOAD SUPPLEMENT button below to access this.
  3. Paperback (limited edition): Click the REQUEST PAPER COPY button below to request for a copy.

Published on 31st August 2016, by Waitemata District Health Board, eCALD® Services.

Authors: Dr Annette Mortensen and Sue Lim

ISBN 978-0-473-36779-4 (Paperback)

ISBN 978-0-473-36780-0 (PDF)

ISBN 978-0-473-36781-7 (HTML)

Suggested citation: Waitemata DHB, eCALD® Services (2016). Maternal Health for CALD Women. Working with Asian, Middle Eastern and African Women. Auckland: WDHB, eCALD® Services. Retrieved from:

© Waitemata District Health Board


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