Expectant Mothers Need Care They Trust
v.6, no. 2
An in-depth look at the fact that many immigrant and refugee women in the U.S. do not receive prenatal care and that many more of these women suffer complications and even death during childbirth. The article looks at some of the factors that contribute to these poor health outcomes, including lack of extended family and community support, stress from their daily lives, structural and institutional racism within the healthcare system, and lack of trust in medical providers. Nadi Kaonga, a fourth-year resident at Maine Medical Center, Grace Lapika, a community health worker from Democratic Republic of Congo, and other practitioners, are working to improve access to care for refugee and immigrant women. They recognize the importance of culturally competent interpretation services and of combating misinformation and mistrust. Maine CDC Maternal and Child Health Program is also involved in addressing the care gap through a variety of approaches.
Harris, Amy, "Expectant Mothers Need Care They Trust" (2023). Maine News Index – Amjambo Africa!. 236.
English. Translated into Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Somali.