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Research Seminar No.185, 19 February 2018
16:30-, The Interdivisional Education and Research Building, 5th Floor
「Thoughts and Needs during Pregnancy and the Delivery Period of Mothers with Experience of Delivery outside Their Home Island: Through Focus Group Interviews」
NAKAO Yuko and INOUE Naomi (Kagoshima University Graduate School of health Sciences)
The objective of the present study is to elucidate feeling and needs of mothers living on remote islands who have no choice but to give birth outside their home island due to the absence of delivery facilities on the island. Focus group interviews were conducted on 10 mothers who had experienced delivery outside their home island by dividing them into those who were natives of their home island(n=4) and those were not (n=6).
Analysis showed that mothers who had experienced delivery outside their home island faced the "difficulty of living as a pregnant woman on an island with no obstetric facilities", " frustration of living outside home island", and "lingering financial concerns", amid which they had the "realization that family is a big presence", and that they spent their pregnancy and delivery period based on the feeling of "wanting to protect this pregnancy". In addition, the following needs were identified: "want enhancement of support for living outside home island", "want to give birth on home island", "want advice at time of prenatal checkup", "want opportunities to consult midwives", and "want increased cooperation between home island and hospitals".
These results indicate that enhanced support is necessary for women living on their home island and mothers living outside their home island, and that mothers who are not natives of their home island have a greater need for support during pregnancy. Enhancement of support systems including provision of information regarding matters such as delivery outside home islands and the use of peer support groups was considered necessary as support for mothers giving birth outside their home island.
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