'Provide All Women a Voice': A Qualitative Study of First-Generation Mexican Immigrant Women's Experiences with Midwives in the United States

Shanell Sanchez* (Corresponding Author), Isabella Kasselstrand

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Abstract

Previous research has explored the unique approaches of midwives in providing maternity care, but only limited information is avail- able on how immigrant women experience childbirth with midwives in the United States. In-depth interviews were conducted with 20 first-generation Mexican immigrant women and five certified nurse- midwives (CNMs) who cared for them at a public clinic. The mothers described their experiences with CNMs as positive and felt supported in retaining cultural traditions. The CNMs strived to provide culturally com- petent care by allowing women a voice. The findings reflect the active role that health care professionals can play as immigrants adapt to new sociocultural contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-184
Number of pages16
JournalWomen's Reproductive Health
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Immigration
  • midwifery
  • pregnancy
  • birth
  • acculturacion

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