Serena Brigdi presented preliminary results of her research at conferences on sexual and reproductive health of migrant women in Catalonia
Researcher Serena Brigdi presented, together with Elisabet Llamas, the preliminary results of her research related to the concept of health, pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium in migrant women from China and Pakistan at the "Conference on women's sexual and reproductive health emigrants and refugees in Catalonia from an intersectional perspective".
The authors referred to the fact that in many of the cases these women preserve and reproduce religious and cultural beliefs that are expressed during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby. These beliefs are manifested in aspects such as those related to the care of the child in the first days of life, as well as in the feeding and care of the mother during the puerperium.
In the same way, the existence of communication difficulties stands out in this study, specifically in relation to intercultural communication, which creates a kind of gap between these migrant women and the professionals of the health system.
Among the elements that condition this gap are those related to language, language, which means that users do not always understand the information provided to them. Situations like these demonstrate the need and importance of reinforcing the presence of cultural mediators in the Health System.
To this is added the duality of perception about issues addressed in the consultations, such as those related to sexual relations, abortions, children. While on the one hand, health professionals consider them of interest to these women, they are usually seen as unnecessary and make them feel uncomfortable.
These conferences, sponsored by Farmamundi, the Catalan Health Institute and the Catalan Association of Carriers, aimed to contribute to the ongoing training of health professionals in the field of primary and hospital care to improve knowledge and practices in addressing the sexual and reproductive health of migrant and refugee women.