“Migrant Maternity Care in Athens, Greece, 2016-2017: a Policy Report”, Cynthia H. Malakasis (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

This report offers an account of the maternity care pregnant migrants received in the Greek capital between September 2016 and August 2017, and of their living circumstances in relation to their pregnancy and care. Research in Athens was conducted with five Syrian women from November 2016 to July 2017 in the camps, squats, and NGO-run hotels and apartments where the women resided. It was further conducted, during the same time, at three healthcare sites in the center of Athens. The report discusses legal and practical matters related to migrants’ access to maternity care; issues of linguistic and cultural communication between migrants and healthcare practitioners; issues of “obstetric violence;” the reproductive agency of migrant women; and their overall surroundings and daily circumstances that conditioned their physical and mental well-being and therefore impacted their maternity experience. The report recommends priorities of intervention in order to respect the autonomy and dignity of pregnant migrants and maximize the quality of social and medical care.

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