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Siofra Peeren and Maria Dempsey
PSI Annual conference
Migrant Eastern European Womens’ Experience of Pregnancy and Motherhood in Ireland: An exploratory study
Oral Presentation
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This study explores how migrant Eastern European women experience pregnancy in Ireland. It contributes to understanding how the migration process may impact on the process of pregnancy and motherhood. Grounded theory methodology was utilised; thirteen interviews were conducted with Eastern European women, aged between 20 and 40 years, who had experienced, or who were experiencing, pregnancy in Ireland. Data analysis identified a core category of ‘keeping things under control’ which integrates three themes, namely ‘balancing conflicting demands’, ‘reconstructing cultural heritage’ and ‘negotiating discrepancies between expectations and reality’. These findings advance understanding of how the participants tried to gain control over their new life while managing two transformative life events: pregnancy and migration. Migrant women who become pregnant in their new country face multiple challenges, each multi-faceted, which have bidirectional relationships with social support. Eastern European women may have particular struggles with making the transition to a less medicalised maternity health care system when they migrate to Ireland.