SMF webinar - refugees, asylum seekers and pregnancy
The SMF hosted a discussion with experts in helping women from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds. On this recording you will hear from organisations that can help practitioners to provide more holistic care to people from these groups and come to understand experiences that the people may have had in UK maternity care.
Fear of deportation video developed by the Maternity Stream
Language barriers video developed by the Maternity Stream
- Wan Abdullah, Expert by Experience Speaker, City of Sanctuary Leeds. An asylum seekers and mother's of 8 children. Originally from Malaysia and currently living in Leeds. Her last pregnancy experience in UK maternity system was the turning point of her life as she met amazing people who supported her. She is currently active sharing her positivity about the experience as expert by experience speaker specialize in maternity mental health.
- Gerry Hickey, senior project officer for the Migrant Women's Rights Service at Maternity Action.
- Diana Flores Gallardo is a refugee
- Rose McCarthy, Chair of the Trustees and NCT antenatal teacher, Yorkshire and Humber Maternity Stream of Sanctuary and the NCT. Since 1991 she has taught NCT antenatal classes and in 2003 specialised in teaching free antenatal classes for people seeking asylum and refugees. She is a founding member of Leeds City of Sanctuary, the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary and the Health Stream of Sanctuary and is still actively involved in all three.With Experts by Experience, she has given awareness raising training on caring for people seeking asylum and refugees to thousands of people and plans to continue doing so.
References in recording
- At 49 minutes video developed by the Maternity Stream
- At 50 minutes model is from Meeting the health and social care needs of pregnant asylum seekers; midwifery students' perspectives. Part 3; "The pregnant woman within the global context"; an inclusive model for midwifery education to address the needs of asylum seeking women in the UK. (2013) Haith-Cooper M.;Bradshaw G. Journal Nurse Education Today
- At 51 minutes video developed by the Maternity Stream