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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2009;15(4):261-269.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2009.15.4.261   
A Survey on Health Management of during Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Postpartum of Immigrant Women in a Multi-cultural Family
Geum Hee Jeong, Hyo Jung Koh, Kye Sook Kim, Sun Hee Kim, Jin Hyang Kim, Hye Sook Park, Young Sook Lee, Young Ran Han, Kyung Won Kim
1Division of Nursing, Hallym University, Korea.
2College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Korea.
3Department of Nursing, Ansan College, Korea.
4Division of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea.
5Department of Nursing, Catholic Sangji College, Korea.
6College of Nursing, CRINS, Chonnam National University, Korea.
7Department of Nursing, Dongguk University, Korea.
8Department of Nursing, Daegu Hanny University, Korea. kyungwok@dhu.ac.kr
The purpose of this study was to investigate health management state during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum of immigrant women. METHODS: A descriptive research design was employed. Data were collected from 182 immigrant women who lived in four provinces and D city. Subjects were completed the following questionnaires: demographic, medical service use, pregnancy and childbirth, and health management during the ante-postpartum. RESULTS: The average age of subjects was 28.96 and 83 subjects (45.6%) were coming from Vietnam. 55 Subjects (30.2%) were within the low-income group with less than 4 million won per month. So, 62 subjects were uninsured women because of the expensive costs. Subjects mainly visited a health care center with their husband. On the using a health care center, subjects complained about communication difficulties and transportation problems. 42 Subjects were pregnant but 21.4% of pregnant subjects did not receive antenatal care. Subjects got information about pregnancy and childbirth through their husbands and husband's family. CONCLUSION: Nursing intervention to manage the pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum of immigrant women need to be developed and should include strategies to take care of themselves after delivery and provide knowledge and information about ante-postpartum.
Key Words: Health; Pregnancy; Obstetric delivery; Cultural diversity

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