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Why won't Polish women birth at home?

Pendleton, J. (2015) Why won't Polish women birth at home? The Practising Midwife. 18(8), pp. 34-36. 1461-3123.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Polish women living in the United Kingdom (UK) are statistically more likely to have normal births than their British counterparts, yet anecdotally, do not choose to birth their babies at home. A medicalised approach to birth in their country of origin means women are unaware of the benefits of midwifery-led care, which they often perceive as sub-standard. Affordable travel means Polish women can access care in both countries and compounds the difficulties in acclimatising to UK maternity services. Online discussion groups and Internet forums represent an opportunity for midwives to engage with women to promote their services. This is increasingly important with rising numbers of both Polish migrants to the UK and Polish residents applying for British citizenship.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Home birth, medicalised birth, migration, Polish
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG950 Midwifery
Creators: Pendleton, John
Publisher: Medical Education Solutions Ltd.
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
Date: 1 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 34-36
Journal or Publication Title: The Practising Midwife
Volume: 18
Number: 8
Language: English
ISSN: 1461-3123
Status: Published / Disseminated

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