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Migrant Women’s Birth Stories

Essat, Zaheera (2006) Migrant Women’s Birth Stories. In: Narrative, Memory & Knowledge: Representations, Aesthetics, Contexts. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 173-182.

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

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      Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 10:27
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:11


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