Somali women's use of maternity health services and the outcome of their pregnancies: A descriptive study comparing Somali immigrants with native-born Swedish women
2013 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, Vol. 4, no 3, 99-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: To describe how Somali immigrant women in a Swedish county use the antenatal care and health services, their reported and observed health problems and the outcome of their pregnancies. Study design: Retrospective, case-control study, comparing data obtained from the records of antenatal and obstetric care for Somali born women with the same data for parity matched women born in Sweden giving birth between 2001 and 2009. Main outcome measures: Utilisation of antenatal health care (timing and number of visits), pregnancy complications (severe hyperemesis, anaemia, preeclampsia), mode of birth (normal vaginal, operative vaginal, caesarean), and infant outcomes (preterm birth, birth weight, and perinatal mortality). Results: Compared to the 523 Swedish-born women tM 262 Somali women booked later and made less visits for antenatal care. They were more likely to have anaemia, severe hyperemesis and a few patients were found to have very serious health conditions. Emergency caesarean section (OR 1.90, CI 1.16-3.10), especially before start of labour (OR 4.96, CI 1.73-14.22), high perinatal mortality with seven versus one perinatal deaths and small for date infants (OR 2.95, CI 1.49-5.82) was also more prevalent. Conclusion: Pregnant Somali immigrant women still constitute a vulnerable group, which implicates that there is a missing link in the surveillance system that needs attention. There is an increased risk for intrauterine foetal death, small for date and low birth weight infants as well as serious maternal morbidity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 4, no 3, 99-106 p.
Maternal morbidity, Perinatal outcome, Somali women, Health care utilisation, Case control study
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210719DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2013.06.001ISI: 000325387700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210719DiVA: diva2:664810