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Migrant Women’s Birth Stories

By Zaheera Essat

Abstract

In a multicultural society, health care providers need to ensure that care reflects\ud the needs of a wide range of people (Cheung, 2002:291). In order to provide\ud midwifery care that is woman centred, midwives should understand the needs\ud of women. Health professionals have to review their care practices and assess\ud whether these match the traditional beliefs and values of childbearing women\ud (Kaewsarn, Moyle and Creedy, and 2003:365). Whatever the cultural beliefs of\ud the women, midwives should be providing support to childbearing women at\ud such a vulnerable time in their lives (Davies, 2000:124). It is the quality of care\ud and support that shapes women’s experience of childbirth and their abilities to\ud take on their new mothering roles (Callister, 1995:329 and Schott and Henley,\ud 1996a: xv).\ud Listening to women’s stories of their birthing experiences has been central\ud to my role as a midwife; continuing to do this within my research investigation\ud seemed quite a natural process. I soon discovered, by using the Biographic\ud Narrative Interpretive Method (see Wengraf, 2001; Jones, 2004) to elicit\ud stories from ethnic minority migrant women, that many of my assumptions\ud were challenged - both with the method and the stories shared. The women that\ud I have interviewed for my project are comprised of a blend of women from\ud varying ethnic and religious alliances and ages and have resided in Britain for\ud varying amounts of time. I have completed my interviews and I am currently at\ud the analysis stage of my work. By sharing my journey through these processes,\ud I will explore the background of my research, my arrival at using the\ud Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method for my research investigation and\ud findings from early analysis stages of my work

Topics: RZ, BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:4915

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