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Immigration and continuing inequalities in maternity outcomes: Time to reexplore the client–provider relationship?

Goodwin, Laura; Hunter, Billie; Jones, Aled

Authors

Laura Goodwin

Billie Hunter

Aled Jones



Abstract

The United Kingdom has seen a substantial rise in immigration over the past 10 years. This new population has a high percentage of women of childbearing age (Office for National Statistics, 2012b), consequently placing an increased demand on U.K. maternity services. Previous research suggests lower satisfaction and worse maternity outcomes for migrant and minority ethnic women both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Most papers exploring ethnic health inequalities have centered on causal factors such as differences in socioeconomic status and host country language ability. Health care policies to tackle inequalities in the United Kingdom, based on these assumptions, have had limited success. Consequently, alternative causal factors need to be explored. This article discusses ethnic inequalities in maternity outcomes in the United Kingdom and proposes that research exploring the client–provider relationship in migrant women's maternity care could provide important new insights.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal International Journal of Childbirth
Print ISSN 2156-5287
Electronic ISSN 2156-5295
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 12-19
APA6 Citation Goodwin, L., Hunter, B., & Jones, A. (2015). Immigration and continuing inequalities in maternity outcomes: Time to reexplore the client–provider relationship?. International Journal of Childbirth, 5(1), 12-19. https://doi.org/10.1891/2156-5287.5.1.12
DOI https://doi.org/10.1891/2156-5287.5.1.12
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1891/2156-5287.5.1.12
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