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Immigrant and refugee women experiencing postpartum depression

This featured “Editor’s Pick” article represents one of the most important aspects of nursing scholarship – our abiding concern for the health of communities that are all too frequently ignored.  Anyone who is in a situation outside of one’s zone of personal comfort faces immense challenges, but the challenge is amplified for women experiencing one of the most dramatic of life transitions – pregnancy and birth.  This article, titled “Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for IMmigrant and Regugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression” was authored by a team of researchers: Joyce Maureen O’Mahony, PhD, RN; Tam Truong Donnelly, PhD, RN; Shelley Raffin Bouchal PhD, RN and David Estes, PhD.  Dr. O’Mahony and Dr. Donnelly (shown in the photo to the right), described their interests in this project:

Joyce O’Mahony’s experience as a community health nurse encouraged her to explore further the postpartum depression experiences of immigrant women in her doctoral research. This research study was motivated by the need to enhance opportunities for improved health through the perspectives of immigrant and refugee women in the postpartum period.

Tam Truong Donnelly’s research encompasses health and wellness of immigrants and refugees which include immigrants’ and refugees’ mental healthcare, immigrant women’s breast cancer and cervical cancer screening practices. Currently her research focuses on Arab women’s breast cancer screening, depression among cardiovascular patients, and lifestyle risk factors that contribute to chronic diseases.

A continuation of this study is necessary to design intervention strategies for postpartum depression support and health care access for immigrant women. Future research studies are planned for: a) knowledge synthesis of immigrant women’s experiences of postpartum depression in Canada; b) focused interventions of providing appropriate support and educational components for immigrant women in the perinatal period.

This research provides important implications for health care of immigrant and refugee people. Visit the ANS web site now to download a free copy of this very important article.

Redefining the meta-language of nursing science

Due to technical difficulties with my webinar last week I decided to make a recording of my presentation that is now available as a YouTube video. The length is just under 30 minutes. I hope you will join me for “lunch” or “tea” to experience the video, and share your thoughts and critique here or on the NurseManifest Project blog.

This presentation covers some of the ideas from my recent paper “The Integrality of Situated Caring in Nursing and the Environment” published in the current issue of Advances in Nursing Science. I sincerely look forward to the dialogue that I hope this presentation and paper will provoke. Don’t be shy, please share your thoughts.

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