WG3: Funding awarded for maternal health project in Czech Republic

Alena Parizkova and  Ema Hresanova from the Department of Sociology, The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic, have received funding for their project Migration and maternal health: pregnancy, birth and early parenting from the Czech Science Foundation (GA CR). The project will run from  2016 to 2018.

Here is the abstract for the project:

Migration and maternal health: pregnancy, birth and early parenting
Alena Parizkova, Ema Hresanova [Department of Sociology, The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, the Czech Republic]
Project supported by: Czech Science Foundation (GA CR)
Duration: 2016 – 2018

Abstract:
This project focuses on migrant women and their maternal health. The goal is to get deep and empirically grounded insights into diverse views, expectations and experiences of migrant women with pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting in the Czech Republic. Childbirth is an essential life event and a crucial point of entry when migrant women necessarily deal with the Czech healthcare system. However insights into social, cultural and economic aspects of antenatal and birth care provision to various groups of migrant women is in the Czech Republic missing. The qualitative research will employ: (1) qualitative in-depth and semi-structured interviews with migrant women who are who are pregnant or have recently experienced childbirth. (2) qualitative case studies of several women’s pathways through the Czech healthcare system since their early pregnancies until their postpartum period. (3) an ethnographic case study of a health care institution to get a deeper insight into healthcare providers’ perspective and experience with
healthcare provision to migrant women.

Aim of the project: We aim to understand what key factors have shaped migrant women’s maternal health, and expectations and experiences related to antenatal, birth and newborn care, and what role the existing institutional framework plays in this regard.

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