Migrant maternity: putting knowledge into practice

City Hospital Birmingham
Research, Social Sciences
Monday 5th November 2012 (09:30-16:30)

Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk

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ESRC Festival of Social Science 2012

Migrant maternity: putting knowledge into practice


Event One:  9.30 - 12.30
Event Two: 13.30 - 16.30

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As numbers and range of ethnicities and immigration statuses of new migrants entering the UK have increased, a wide range of social policy challenges have emerged. Migrant women’s access to maternity services is a problem in the UK, and particularly the West Midlands. Infant mortality rates in the West Midlands migrant population are the highest in the UK.

Research undertaken by Jenny Phillimore has explored the issues facing migrant women giving birth and the challenges experienced by service providers supporting them. It found that the lack of understanding by midwives about the barriers and constraints experienced by migrant women was one of the key obstacles to delivering appropriate services. Midwives outlined their need for more information about the situation of pregnant migrants while third sector organisations called for midwives and other professionals to be better informed.

This event brings midwives, student midwives, maternity support workers and the third sector together with the academics and community researchers from the Migrant Maternity project in two community settings - City Hospital (the primary centre for migrant births in Birmingham) and The Partnership Centre (base of Regional Migration Partnership).

The event will:

  • present the key findings from the research, including case study stories told by the community researchers who collected the data.

To book your place

These events are FREE. If you would like to register for either event one or event two, please contact Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk.

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