What helps and what challenges Somali women in pregnancy and the transition to motherhood_TA

  • Allport, Tom D (Principal Investigator)
  • Briggs, Hannah (Co-Investigator)

Project Details

Key findings

Pregnancy and early motherhood can be a stressful time for women, but especially migrant women who face a variety of additional daily stressors whilst adjusting from a communal society in their country of origin to an individualistic society in Bristol. Learning more about the experiences of Somali women in Bristol during this crucial stage of their lives seems important for informing the design of future interventions aimed at improving family wellbeing and child development. A single semi-structured telephone interview was conducted with a Somali woman living in Bristol and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. This in-depth analysis of a single case revealed a journey from a vicious cycle of isolation and low self-confidence in pregnancy to a virtuous circle of increased confidence and feeling at the heart of the community a few years into motherhood. The facilitators of this shift from vicious to virtuous circles became a focus point of the findings and appear to benefit from an alignment of interpersonal factors. This experience of alignment comes from persistent encouragement from trusted individuals, positive motivation, and the feeling of circumstances clicking into place which facilitates movement in a certain (positive) direction. Both hospital and community practitioners can incorporate this concept when supporting Somali migrant women in pregnancy and early motherhood.
Effective start/end date1/12/1918/05/20


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