Diversity and challenges in the management of maternity care for migrant women
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Nursing research in theory and practice - is implementation the missing link? Issue editors: Elisabeth Severinsson and Kristin Akerjordet
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 287–295, March 2012
How to Cite
LYBERG, A., VIKEN, B., HARUNA, M. and SEVERINSSON, E. (2012), Diversity and challenges in the management of maternity care for migrant women. Journal of Nursing Management, 20: 287–295. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01364.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2011
- Accepted for publication: 19 November 2011
- maternity care;
- migrant women;
- public health nurse
lyberg a., viken b., haruna m. & severinsson e. (2012) Journal of Nursing Management20, 287–295 Diversity and challenges in the management of maternity care for migrant women
Aim To illuminate midwives’ and public health nurses’ perceptions of managing and supporting prenatal and postnatal migrant women in Norway.
Background Migrant women are affected by social inequalities and likely to have had experiences during and after the migration process that could influence their physical, mental and social well-being.
Methods Multistage focus group interviews were conducted and data were analysed in accordance to conventional interpretative qualitative content analysis.
Results The overarching theme ‘Managing and supporting educational, relational and cultural diversity in maternity care’ was characterized by two themes ‘Health challenges’ and ‘Cultural challenges’. Each theme contained several subthemes. The interviews revealed that Norwegian maternity care is not adjusted to migrant women’s needs. The management is the same for everybody who avails of the service.
Conclusion The Norwegian model for managing cultural diversity in maternity care needs to be developed. Capacity building and a closer cooperation between maternity care services is necessary.
Implications for midwives and nursing management Maternity care requires reflection at several levels to reduce disparities in individual health. In order to ensure continuity and a trusting relationship, it is necessary to organize leadership and adopt flexible models that support migrant women’s health.