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


Women & health, pp.1-9, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03630242.2021.1922570
  • Title of Journal : Women & health
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-9


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.