1Judith O'Heir, NM, MN, is an international consultant for reproductive health and safe motherhood, with recent experience in Afghanistan. Several years ago she compiled a How To Guide for Strengthening Safe Motherhood Services in refugee settings and is currently coordinating the Interagency Global Evaluation of Reproductive Health Services for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.
Pregnancy and Childbirth Care Following Conflict and Displacement: Care for Refugee Women in Low-Resource Settings
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2004 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 49, Issue S1, pages 14–18, July-August 2004
How to Cite
O'Heir, J. (2004), Pregnancy and Childbirth Care Following Conflict and Displacement: Care for Refugee Women in Low-Resource Settings. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 49: 14–18. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2004.04.031
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- safe motherhood;
- pregnancy and childbirth care;
- complex humanitarian emergency;
- pregnancy outcome;
- refugee setting
Women in developing countries experience the same problems during pregnancy and childbirth and die of the same complications, regardless of whether they live in stable situations or in situations of conflict and displacement. They need services and/or care during pregnancy and childbirth wherever they are and in whatever circumstances prevail. This article provides an overview of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, including the recent directions taken to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. In addition, pregnancy and childbirth care in complex humanitarian emergencies is examined, highlighting the experiences in refugee settings. In some of these settings, pregnancy outcomes have been better than in host or home countries. The challenge remains to ensure that good-quality pregnancy and childbirth care, in line with the global standards set for achieving safe motherhood, is consistently available and accessible to women affected by complex humanitarian emergencies.