Publication Date

Fall 2014

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Abstract and Research Question

How do African Immigrant women interact with the Worcester healthcare system during pregnancy?

This study follows stories told by mostly Ghanaian women living in Worcester in order to understand their challenges in the maternal healthcare system. The researchers seek to understand cultural differences, socio-economic standing and communication challenges that have led to these women having one of the highest infant mortality rates in Worcester. The authors found that their interviews with healthcare providers shed the most light on what discrepancies exist between how the health care providers understand how this population experiences birth opposed to how these women experience birth and pregnancy.


Pregnancy, Health Care, African Immigrants, Worcester, Maternal Health Care, Birth, Africa, Ghana

Did the research upon which this submission is based involve human subjects/participants?


If yes, did the research receive Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval?


Was the work submitted part of a class?

Gender And Health

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