TITLE

Refugee Women, Pregnancy, and Reproductive Health Care in the Netherlands

AUTHOR(S)
Ascoly, Nina; Van Halsema, Ineke; Keysers, Loes
PUB. DATE
December 2001
SOURCE
Journal of Refugee Studies;Dec2001, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p371
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article is about women who are refugees in the Netherlands and their experiences with pregnancy and delivery in the context of the Dutch reproductive health care system. The article first addresses the issue of refugees and gender in the Netherlands: explaining why it is important to distinguish between male and female refugees, and providing some information (including numbers and current debates) on refugee women in the Netherlands. Reproductive health care is discussed in general remarks on policy frameworks in relation to the issue, followed by an explanation of the organization of reproductive health care in the Netherlands. Finally, research findings are presented on experiences of refugee women and reproductive health care providers in the Netherlands. Two main questions guided the research: first, how do refugee women and health care providers perceive and experience reproductive health needs of refugee women during pregnancies and deliveries, and, second, how do refugee women cope with these major life events in an environment that is new to them. The authors conclude that in relation to pregnancy and delivery the experience of reproductive health care by refugee women in the Netherlands is influenced by at least three different elements: their status as newcomers/non‐Dutch, their status as refugees, and their gender (going beyond the obvious physical fact that women bear children). The findings also lead the authors to conclude that there is a need to recognize that living conditions and the provision of care and services to refugees are gendered areas of concern.
ACCESSION #
44441492

 

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