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First childbirth experience of international marriage migrant women in South Korea

Title
First childbirth experience of international marriage migrant women in South Korea
Author
김정아
Keywords
International marriage migrants; Pregnant women; Parturition; Qualitative research
Issue Date
2017-08
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Citation
WOMEN AND BIRTH, v. 30, no. 4, page. E198-E206
Abstract
Problem and background: Since the mid-1990s, a large number of foreign women have migrated from developing countries to South Korea by means of international marriages. These iparous foreign women may experience more difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth than native Koreans.Aim: This study aimed to describe the meaning of the first childbirth experiences of international marriage migrant women marrying Korean men in South Korea.Methods: This is a descriptive phenomenological study that included 10 participants using the purposive and snowball sampling in one multicultural support center in Seoul, South Korea. Colaizzi's data analysis method was used to inductively determine themes and formulate meanings.Findings: The meanings of first childbirth were categorized into four themes-'coming to a crisis,' 'depending on others,' 'searching for solutions,' and 'strengthening family unity.' Inadequate antenatal care is associated with obstacles such as language barriers, social isolation, lack of knowledge, different midwifery practice and dependent lifestyle. Meanwhile, their children were a source of energy for the women to fulfill their emotional needs and improve family relationships.Conclusions: Childbirth is a life-changing event for these women, in which they face challenges as well as opportunities to develop new coping skills and a new role identity in their family. It is important for healthcare providers and policy makers to identify obstacles and unmet needs to improve maternity care in light of the distinctive challenges of immigrant living in multicultural families. (C) 2017 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S187151921730001X?via%3Dihubhttps://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/115064
ISSN
1871-5192; 1878-1799
DOI
10.1016/j.wombi.2017.01.001
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