The burden of increasing obstetric morbidity and mortality in the United States disproportionately impacts certain populations more than others, one such group being refugees. Poor obstetric outcomes among refugee communities historically have been attributed to delayed initiation of prenatal care, failure to detect co-morbidities, as well as higher rates of Cesarean sections (C-sections), stillbirths, pre-term births, and low birth weight infants in comparison to host-country mothers. Therefore, understanding the contextual nuances that play a role in these poor outcomes among refugee populations is very important.
Refugee, immigrant, obstetrics, gynecology, residency training, cultural humility
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Ajjarapu A, Haugsdal ML, Story WT. Obstetric care among refugee populations: reinforcing cultural humility in residency training—preliminary report. Proc Obstet Gynecol. 2020 May 14;9(3):Article 10 [3 p.]. . Free full text article.