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‘You need that loving tender care’ : maternity care experiences and expectations of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom

‘You need that loving tender care’ : maternity care experiences and expectations of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom

Puthussery, Shuby, Twamley, Katherine, Macfarlane, Alison, Harding, Seeromanie and Baron, Maurina (2010) ‘You need that loving tender care’ : maternity care experiences and expectations of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 15 (3). pp. 156-162. ISSN 1355-8196 (Print), 1758-1060 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1258/jhsrp.2009.009067)

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Abstract

Objective To explore the maternity care experiences and expectations of United Kingdom (UK)-born ethnic minority women. Methods Qualitative in-depth interviews with 34 UK-born mothers of Black Caribbean, Black African, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Irish descent, recruited mainly from nine National Health Service (NHS) maternity units in England. Results Overall, women felt that their ethnic background did not matter at all with respect to the care they received. UK-born women's familiarity with the system and the absence of language barriers were felt to be influential in getting treated the same as White women. Women stressed the need for professionals to be ‘sensitive’ and ‘delicate’ in their interactions and wanted ‘continuity of care’. In general, they were positive about the adequacy of the information given during their antenatal appointments, but some women found it difficult to get access to antenatal classes. Women valued good communication and consistent information, with their views acknowledged and their questions answered consistently. They also expressed the need for better physical environments in maternity units. Conclusions Our findings contribute to the growing evidence about the need to improve maternity and postnatal care, and to develop more sensitive and women-centred care for all women irrespective of ethnic background.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: maternity care, ethnic minority, women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7320

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