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Challenges experienced by midwives providing antenatal care to asylum seeking women in Sweden

Författare och institution:
Johanna Staxäng (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa); Marie Berg (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa); Kristin Nilsson (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa)
Publicerad i:
NJF (Nordiskt Jordemoderförbund) Congress. Programme and abstracts. Gothenburg, May 12-14, 2016, s. 38
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Background International migration is growing and Sweden is receiving an increasing number of asylum seekers. Undergoing an asylum process is characterized by uncertainty and for asylum seeking women who are pregnant, needs are added to an already vulnerable situation. Sweden is known for having an antenatal care system of high quality, which is provided mainly by midwives. Pregnant asylum seeking women are entitled to antenatal care services on the same basis as women who are domiciled in Sweden. However, they often have extensive needs related to their asylum seeking status that affect their overall health and further their needs in antenatal care. Aim To explore midwives’ experiences of providing antenatal care to pregnant asylum seeking women in Sweden. Methods A hermeneutic lifeworld research approach was used. Two focus group discussions were conducted in the spring of 2013, with a total of eight midwives working at antenatal care units in two of the major cities in Sweden. Results The result is described in five themes of meanings: ‘Challenges due to inconsistent perspectives’, ‘Searching for strategies to manage the women’s needs and expectations’, ‘Personal involvement beyond antenatal care is demanding’, ‘Inability to provide adequate care’ and ‘Concerns over not being able to properly prepare for childbirth and parenthood’. The main interpretation is understood as: ‘Challenges to comply with the women´s expectations while satisfactorily providing antenatal care’. Conclusion Midwives find it challenging to comply with the women’s needs while satisfactorily providing antenatal care. To enable them to perform optimal antenatal care including having a holistic approach, an improved collaboration with other agencies involved in the asylum process is needed. National guidelines should be modified to include the additional needs for resources in antenatal care for groups with increased needs, such as asylum seeking women.
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2016-05-19 11:28
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2016-05-25 08:11

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