Journal article

Common maternal health problems among Australian-born and migrant women: A prospective cohort study

Tharanga Navodani, Deirdre Gartland, Stephanie J Brown, Elisha Riggs, Jane Yelland



BACKGROUND: Migrant women of non-English speaking background make up an increasing proportion of women giving birth in high income countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of common physical and psychosocial health problems during pregnancy and up to 18 months postpartum among migrant women of non-English speaking background compared to Australian-born women. METHODS: Prospective pregnancy cohort study of 1507 nulliparous women. Women completed self-administered questionnaires or telephone interviews in early and late pregnancy and at 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18 months postpartum. Standardised instruments were used to assess incon..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC grants #199222, #433006 and #491205, and supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Stephanie Brown held a NHMRC Career Development Award (2008-2011), an ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2015) and currently holds a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2016-2020). Jane Yelland is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (2014-2017).