Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 466–472 | Cite as

Birth Experiences of Immigrant Latina Women in a New Growth Community

  • Meagan Niebler
  • Patricia I. Documét
  • Diego Chaves-Gnecco
  • Thomas E. Guadamuz
Article

Abstract

A woman’s birth experience can impact the physical and mental well-being of mothers long after the birth of their child. Little is known about the experiences of Latina women in areas with small, yet growing Latino populations. To understand Latina’s perceptions of their childbirth experience and to see how insurance status impacts that experience, we conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with a non-proportional quota sampling of ten Latina women, five with and five without health insurance. Most women reported a positive global experience; the birth of a healthy child was the most important factor influencing birth experiences for all of them. Locus of control and support from medical providers and loved ones also shaped experiences. Uninsured women reported lower levels of perceived control and support, which did impact their birthing experience. These differences could be influenced by social status and position. Medical provider, hospital, and policy recommendations are made which could lead to improvements in uninsured Latinas’ childbirth experiences.

Keywords

Childbirth Pregnancy Latino Insurance Uninsured Labor and delivery 

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© W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Meagan Niebler
    • 1
  • Patricia I. Documét
    • 1
  • Diego Chaves-Gnecco
    • 1
  • Thomas E. Guadamuz
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Mahidol UniversityNakhon PathomThailand

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