Birth Experience in Syrian Refugee Women in Turkey: A Descriptive Phenomenological Qualitative Study.


Women & health, vol.61, pp.470-478, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03630242.2021.1922570
  • Journal Name: Women & health
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, AgeLine, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, PAIS International, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.470-478
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


A negative birth experience affects the woman's subsequent pregnancy, and delivery processes negatively, decreases patient satisfaction, and the high anxiety/stress experienced during pregnancy/delivery is transferred to the next generations by epigenetic transmission. In this study, women's birth experiences of Syrian refugees in Turkey aimed to describe in-depth. It was designed as a descriptive phenomenological qualitative study. Fifteen refugee women included in the sample gave birth in Turkey, living in Turkey's southern city. In-depth interviews were conducted with women. Six themes were formed in the results: "quantitatively enough but unsatisfactory service," "not providing autonomy," "think that she was neglected," "no respect to privacy," "feeling loneliness/fear in the delivery room," and "prejudice." The factors that negatively affect the pregnancy and birth experiences of Syrian refugee women are language/communication barriers, the provision of care services that are incompatible with their religious and cultural values, and their prejudice regarding discrimination.