- Evidence shows immigrant and refugee women experience difficulties in accessing care and treatment for postpartum depression.
- Thirty in-depth interviews were carried out to obtain information about the immigrant and refugee women's postpartum depression experiences.
- Main purpose was to explore how broader background factors influence the ways in which these women seek help to manage postpartum depression.
- Results show immigrant and refugee women experience many complex gender-related problems. Poverty, immigration status, discrimination, and poor spousal relationships and support can all directly affect a woman's access to healthcare services. Emotional and economic dependence may leave women vulnerable in protecting themselves against postpartum depression.
- Additional research is needed to further our understanding about immigrant and refugee women's postpartum health, their social support needs, the barriers they experience and their treatment preferences.