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Language-supported labor ward visits for pregnant migrant women: Staff experiences in a Swedish hospital
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0830-217x
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2022 (English)In: European Journal of Midwifery, E-ISSN 2585-2906, Vol. 6, article id 42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to explore midwives' and assistant nurses' experiences of providing extra support to non-Swedish-speaking migrants by offering individual language-supported visits to the labor ward during pregnancy.

METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six guides, midwives or assistant nurses, working in the INFÖR (Individuell förlossningsförberedelse) project at Södertälje hospital in Sweden. INFOR includes a two-hour individual language-supported visit at the labor ward, for non-Swedish speaking pregnant women and their partners. An inductive thematic analysis was conducted.

RESULTS: The guides described INFOR as being a bridge and creating safety, achieved by meeting with women and providing practical information. The guides felt that they fulfilled an important purpose, they were dedicated and adapted to the women's individual needs. Providing extra language-assisted support to migrant pregnant women was developing and enriching, but the guides highlighted some barriers. Communicating via an interpreter was a challenge and the women were in need of more and extended meetings. The guides wished that INFOR could become a standard part of antenatal care, but the model needs to be further developed, and a better system for recruitment must be introduced.

CONCLUSIONS: The guides experienced that the INFOR model is valuable in creating safety to pregnant migrant women before birth. The model is appreciated by the expectant couples, midwives and assistant nurses, and could be implemented as standard care. However, it is important to adapt the visits to the women's and their families' needs and goals, and structure needs to be developed before implementation.

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2022. Vol. 6, article id 42
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Birth, Healthcare provider experiences, Language-assisted support, Migrant women, Pregnancy
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-4587DOI: 10.18332/ejm/149519PubMedID: 35935754OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-4587DiVA, id: diva2:1699318
Available from: 2022-09-27 Created: 2022-09-27 Last updated: 2023-01-25Bibliographically approved

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