A comparative-descriptive enquiry of postnatal depression in immigrant and refugee women within NHS Lothian.
(2017) A comparative-descriptive enquiry of postnatal depression in immigrant and refugee women within NHS Lothian., no. 41.
Aim: The aim of the proposed research is to gain an in-depth understanding of the views of immigrant and refugee women's experiences of postnatal care within NHS Lothian. Background: About every one in ten mothers develop postnatal depression. For immigrant and refugee women the prevalence is proposed to be higher. This is due to predisposing risk factors that increase their chances of developing postnatal depression. Due to the increasing diversity within Scotland and the lack of research based on the topic within this country, it is important that we ensure that the right care and support is available. Methods: Participants are to be sampled using non-probability, purposive sampling. Information letters shall be sent to health visitor and family based centres to recruit participants. For this phenomenological study, the use of unstructured, face to face, interviews will be the method of data collection. Conclusion: Practical and cultural barriers determine whether a women seeks help for their postnatal depression. Stigmatisation surrounding postnatal depression is a problem than affects not only immigrant and refugee women but also the average population. Awareness for healthcare professionals needs to be increased in order to provide the help and support that women with postnatal depression require.