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Addressing mental health issues among migrant and refugee pregnant women: A call for action
 
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Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Care Sciences, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
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Department of Nursing, Laboratory of Integrated Health Care, Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences, University of Peloponnese, Sparti, Greece
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Department of Social Work, School of Health and Social Welfare, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
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Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
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Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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CMT–Prooptiki, Athens, Greece
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Maria Iliadou   

Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Care Sciences, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece. Agiou Spyridonos Str. 28, Aegaleo, Athens 122 43, Greece
Publish date: 2019-05-02
Submission date: 2018-02-02
Final revision date: 2019-04-18
Acceptance date: 2019-04-18
 
Eur J Midwifery 2019;3(May):9
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ABSTRACT
Migrant and refugee pregnant women constitute a highly vulnerable group to mental disorders. The rates of mental illness of migrants and refugees are higher than those of host populations, with migrant women being more likely to suffer from prenatal depression. A Policy Paper was developed based on a literature review conducted in Medline, Scopus and Google Scholar. Filtering criteria were: year of publication (2002–2017), study topic relevance, and English language. A total of 63 documents were identified. Most of the documents were scientific papers while a large number of documents were reports of EU committees and networks on migrant issues or annual reports of international bodies. From the analysis of existing evidence, four major topics emerged for the perinatal health of migrant women: 1) Prevalence and risk factors for antenatal mental disorders, 2) Assessment of mental disorders, 3) Healthcare professionals’ training on supporting migrant and refugee pregnant women, and 4) Interventions for the mental health of migrant women. Midwives and other members of interdisciplinary teams have to be trained and culturally competent to successfully meet the needs of migrant and refugee pregnant women.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
VG Vivilaki reports that she is the Editor-in-chief of EJM journal. VG Vivilaki, M Iliadou, M Papadakaki, E Sioti, P Giaxi, E Leontitsi, A Mastroyiannakis report grants from Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, during the conduct of the study. The rest of the authors also have completed and submitted an ICMJE form for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest and none was reported.
FUNDING
This paper reports on work performed in the context of a European Project funded in the context of the 3rd Health Programme (2014–2020) by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, with Project number 738148 and entitled Operational Refugee And Migrant Maternal Approach (ORAMMA).
PROVENANCE AND PEER REVIEW
Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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