Perinatal and migration. Paths of research and intervention

Author/s Angela Maria Di Vita, Alessandra Ciulla, Aluette Merenda
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/35 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 5-15 File size 451 KB
DOI 10.3280/PR2012-035001
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The study explores the experiences of a group of migrant mothers, as regards both the migratory path taken and the reorganisation of one’s identity as a woman and mother on foreign soil, and examines their social resources and approaches to parenting and child-nursing practices. In particular, the aim of this research is to examine how migrant women live their experience of motherhood in a foreign country, in relation to: their own maternal identity, the identity of their child and their culture of origin. Specifically, data show pregnancy as a cultural determined event and how the distance from home may increase the vulnerability of migrant women during this time of life. An issue that frequently is present in most of the interviews is a sense of loneliness due to the lack of reference figures, belonging to the family network that can support the women's mothers, as well as the importance to improve health services to help women in the fulfilment of their parenting function, especially in situations of psycho-social vulnerability.

Keywords: Perinatal, childbirth, migrant women, cross-cultural prospective, psycho-social vulnerability.

Angela Maria Di Vita, Alessandra Ciulla, Aluette Merenda, Perinatalità e migrazione. Percorsi di ricerca-intervento in "RIVISTA DI PSICOTERAPIA RELAZIONALE " 35/2012, pp 5-15, DOI: 10.3280/PR2012-035001