Innvandrerkvinners erfaringer med svangerskap, fødsel og barseltid i Norge - en kvalitativ studie
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionNordisk tidsskrift for helseforskning. 2018, 14 (1), http://dx.doi.org/10.7557/14.4295
Right to equal healthcare is statutory in Norway, but there is little knowledge of immigrant women’s experiences of health- and welfare services during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Immigrant women are at higher risk for a number of complications related to this period. The purpose of this study was to acquire deeper insight into immigrant women's needs and experiences during their pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period in Norway. The study has a qualitative design using in-depth interviews with immigrant women during pregnancy and the postnatal period. The results are divided into four categories; networks, health professionals have different approaches, the father's role, and knowledge and information. Results show that language is an important prerequisite for equitable and culture-sensitive health services. Mutual understanding has to be established for the woman’s needs to be met and to experience co-determination and recognition. More attention to the father's role is suggested.