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Réfugiées politiques du Proche et du Moyen-Orient : vécu de leur maternité en exil

Abstract : Background: this work deals with Middle Eastern pregnant refugees, victim of politic conflicts taking place in their countries of origin that have forced them into exile. The intention of this work is to explore the consequences of this forced exile on the psychic and cultural dimensions of maternity. Our main theory assumes that asylum seekers and refugee women during their prenatal period are incapable of planning for their future not least due to the inherent uncertainty created by this period but further exacerbated by the language barrier they face which prevents them in their efforts to communicate with a foreign world. Methods of research: our research cohort was made up of nine pregnant women that were either asylum seekers or refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran or Yemen. We were introduced to these women either informally through personal connexions or through recommendations from organizations working with these women. We carried out semi-structured interviews which each of the identified women between December 2016 and November 2017. After transcribing each interview, they were analyzed. Results: the analysis of our interviews demonstrated that maternity specific psychological support is further complicated by the constraints these women face including their material well being, war related trauma as well as their adaptation to living in a foreign country. Conclusion: the aim of this work was to define appropriate support and intervention strategies for these women and their families but also the social, cultural and psychological dimensions. This dissertation has been written as a reflection guide to help practitioners keep an open mind and to apprehend people in their individuality and beyond their cultural differences.
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Hind Kettani. Réfugiées politiques du Proche et du Moyen-Orient : vécu de leur maternité en exil. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2018. ⟨dumas-01861407⟩



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