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Oral Session I: The experiences of pregnancy and antenatal care services of Chinese migrants in Switzerland: A qualitative study
Wednesday, 24/Nov/2021:
11:15am - 11:30am

Session Chair: Moritz M. Daum, University of Zurich
Location: Room 251 | 252


The experiences of pregnancy and antenatal care services of Chinese migrants in Switzerland: A qualitative study

Ding cui CAI

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Background: Differences in pregnancy outcomes according to the mother’s origin have been reported in Switzerland, the reproductive health outcomes of foreign women from non-European countries were reported lower than those of European women. The Federal Office of Public Health has called for specific Swiss-wide studies on migrant populations. This study explores the pregnancy and antenatal care experiences of Chinese migrants and with the goal of clarifying their maternity needs.

Methods: In-depth interviews of 14 Chinese mothers and 13 family members were conducted in Chinese or in English. All audio-recordings were transcribed verbatim and Chinese transcripts were translated into English. Thematic analysis employing MAXQDA Analytics Pro 2020 was carried out.

Results: Four main and seven sub-themes regarding the positive and negative experiences were defined. Main themes included being in a new country, pregnancy experience, antenatal care experience, and antenatal mental health issues. Positive experiences included continuity of maternity care, scheduling medical appointments, and privacy respected in the Swiss healthcare system. Negative experiences included lack of support from extended family and community, language barriers for accessing maternity care services and for seeking healthcare information, few job opportunities for Chinese mothers, and social exclusion as well as discrimination, the latter of which was exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Discussion: Support from the community for families who experienced pregnancy within a migration context should be systematically provided. Healthcare information for migrants should be provided in their native or a second language to facilitate comprehension of the Swiss healthcare system.