Born in another country : women's experience of labour and birth in Queensland, Australia

Hennegan, Julie, Redshaw, Maggie, & Miller, Yvette D. (2014) Born in another country : women's experience of labour and birth in Queensland, Australia. Women and Birth, 27(2), pp. 91-97.

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Abstract

Background

Women born outside Australia make up more than a fifth of the Queensland birthing population and like migrants in other parts of the world face the challenges of cultural dislocation and possible language barriers. Recognising that labour and birth are major life events the aim was to investigate the experiences of these women in comparison to native-born English speaking women.

Methods

Secondary analysis of data from a population based survey of women who had recently birthed in Queensland. Self-reported clinical outcomes and quality of interpersonal care of 481 women born outside Australia who spoke a language other than English at home were compared with those of 5569 Australian born women speaking only English.

Results

After adjustment for demographic factors and type of birthing facility, women born in another country were less likely to be induced, but more likely to have constant electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), to give birth lying on their back or side, and to have an episiotomy. Most women felt that they were treated as an individual and with kindness and respect. However, women born outside Australia were less likely to report being looked after ‘very well’ during labour and birth and to be more critical of some aspects of care.

Conclusion

In comparing the labour and birth experiences of women born outside the country who spoke another language with native-born English speaking women, the present study presents a largely positive picture. However, there were some marked differences in both clinical and interpersonal aspects of care.

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ID Code: 68445
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Labour and birth, Maternity care, Migration, Experience of care, Migrant women
DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.02.002
ISSN: 1871-5192
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Women and Birth. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Women and Birth, [in press, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.02.002
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2014 01:00
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2016 16:54

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