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Midwifery support for asylum seekers and refugees


This module covers some of the considerations necessary to provide holistic, sensitive and woman-centred midwifery care for women who are seeking asylum or who have refugee status. As well as providing a brief overview of the potential additional psychological and physical needs of women seeking asylum, the module also covers their basic legal and health-related rights to help you support them to access the resources they need.

Learning aims and objectives

This resource aims to introduce you to some of the pertinent issues in caring for pregnant women who are seeking asylum or have refugee status.

On completion of this module, midwives and student midwives should have a better understanding of:

  • The terminology and definitions of the terms used in relation to asylum-seekers and refugees
  • The needs of pregnant women who are seeking asylum or who are refugees, including their mental health needs
  • The entitlements to NHS care for asylum seekers
  • The need for sensitive and supportive midwifery care.

Keywords and linking topics

Asylum seeker, refugee, immigration, immigration detention, post-traumatic stress disorder, malaria, pregnancy, antenatal, antenatal care, no access to public funds, obstetric emergency, vulnerable women, becoming a mother in prison

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.