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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2016;22(1):48-60.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2016.22.1.48    Published online March 26, 2016.
The Postnatal Care Experiences among First Time Chinese Immigrant Mothers Living in Korea
Ju Eun Song, So Mi Park, Eun Ha Roh
1College of Nursing, Institute of Nursing Science, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju, Korea.
3College of Nursing, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea. ek320@naver.com
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study was to explore the postnatal care experiences among first time Chinese immigrant mothers living in Korea.
METHODS
Data were collected by focus group interviews with 12 first time Chinese immigrant mothers utilizing 3 focus groups. After obtaining written informed consent from all participants, each session of the focus group was audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed by content analysis to identify major themes.
RESULTS
Four major themes for postnatal care experiences were extracted from the data as follows. 1) Range over traditional, modern, Korean or Chinese postnatal care, 2) Struggle with newborn care, 3) Another struggle with breastfeeding, and 4) Difficulties in becoming a mother as an immigrant.
CONCLUSION
Based on their postpartum care experiences, it is concluded that participants requested more professional practical and individualized education/training for successful breastfeeding and newborn care. Health care providers need to develop and implement integrated support and mentoring programs that include information and peer support system for the first time Chinese immigrant mothers living in Korea. This would decrease the difficulties of becoming a mother.
Key Words: Emigrants and immigrants; Postnatal care; Focus groups; Qualitative research


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