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Migrant women’s experiences of health services: 

Arshad, F, Haith-Cooper, M and Phalloti, P (2018) The experiences of pregnant migrant women in detention; a qualitative study British Journal of Midwifery 26,9

Balaam, M-C , Akerjordet K, Lyberg A, Kaiser B, Schoening E, Fredriksen A-M, Ensel A, Gouni O and Severinsson E(2013) A qualitative review of migrant women’s perceptions of their needs and experiences related to pregnancy and childbirth. Journal of Advanced Nursing 69(9), 1919– 1930. doi: 10.1111/jan.12139

Collins, Catherine, Skarparis, Katy (2020) The impact of human trafficking in relation to maternity care: A literature review. Midwifery, April Vol.83

Ellul, R, McCarthy R and Haith-Cooper M (2020), Destitution in pregnancy: Forced migrant women’s lived experience, British Journal of Midwifery 28,11

Fair, F., Raben, L., Watson, H., Vivilaki, V., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Soltani, H., & the ORAMMA team, (2020). Migrant women’s experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and maternity care in European countries: A systematic review. PLOS ONE, 15 (2), e0228378.

Haith-Cooper M, (2014) Mobile translators for non-English-speaking women accessing maternity services. British Journal of Midwifery, 22,11,795–803

Lephard E, Haith-Cooper M, Pregnant and seeking asylum; exploring experiences ‘from booking to baby’ (2016) British Journal of Midwifery, 24, 2, 130-136

McKnight, P., Goodwin, L. and Kenyon, S., 2019. A systematic review of asylum-seeking women’s views and experiences of UK maternity care. Midwifery, 77, pp.16-23.

Murray de López, J. (2019) Maintaining the Flow: competing metaphors of risk and contamination in breastfeeding in Mexico, Medical Anthropology Quarterly doi:10.1111/maq.12511

Murray de López, J. 2018, When the Scars Begin to Heal: Narratives of Obstetric Violence in Chiapas, Mexico, International Journal of Health Governance, Special Edition Maternity Care Governance in a Global Context 23(1), 60-69. doi:10.1108/IJHG-05-2017-0022

Pařízková, A, Clausen, J (2019) Women on the move: A search for preferred birth services. Women and Birth. 32,4, e483-e491

Soltani H, Fair F, Watson H, Raben L and Van den Muijsenbergh, M (2018). Migrant women’s experiences of perinatal care in European countries: a systematic review. European Journal of Public Health, 28 (Supp 1). Vol. 28. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi:1093/eurpub/cky047.147

Stacey, T, Haith-Cooper, M, Almas, N and Kenyon, C (2021) An exploration of migrant women’s perceptions of public health messages to reduce stillbirth in the UK: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 21:394


Interventions to support asylum seekers and refugees

Balaam, MC, Kingdon, C and Haith-Cooper, M (2021) A systematic review of perinatal social support interventions for asylum-seeking and refugee women residing in Europe. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Balaam, M-C, Kingdon, C, Thomson, G, Finlayson, K and Downe, S (2015) ‘We make them feel special’: The experiences of voluntary sector workers supporting asylum seeking and refugee women during pregnancy and early motherhood. Midwifery March 2016 Volume 34, Pages 133–140.

Haith-Cooper M (2014) An evaluation of a family health programme for newly arrived asylum seekers living in an initial accommodation centre in Northern England MIDIRS, September, 24,3

Haith-Cooper, M, Stacey, T, Bailey, F, Broadhead-Croft, S (2020) The co-development and feasibility-testing of a digital animation intervention (DAISI) to reduce the risk of maternal sepsis in the postnatal period. Maternal and Child Health

Haith-Cooper, M, Stacey, T & Bailey, F (2018) Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students. British Journal of Midwifery 26(4)

Haith-Cooper, M, Waskett, C, Montague, J and Horne, M (2018) Exercise and physical activity in asylum seekers in Northern England; using the theoretical domains framework to identify barriers and facilitators, BMC Public Health open access 18, 762

Jarrow, M, Haith-Cooper, M, Hargan, J and Balaam, MC (2021) A systematic review to identify key elements of effective public health interventions that address barriers to health services for refugees. Journal of Public Health.

McCarthy R, Haith-Cooper M (2013) Evaluating the impact of befriending for pregnant asylum seeking and refugee women. British Journal of Midwifery. 21(6): 276-281


Perinatal mental health and forced migrant women

Collins, C; Zimmermann C; Howard L (2011) Refugee, asylum seeker, immigrant women and postnatal depression: rates and risk factors. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 2011 14(1) pp 3-11.

Firth A and Haith-Cooper M (2018) Vulnerable migrant women and postnatal depression: A case of invisibility in maternity services? British Journal of Midwifery. 26(2): 78-84.

Watson H, Harrop D, Walton E, Young A, Soltani H (2019) A systematic review of ethnic minority women’s experiences of perinatal mental health conditions and services in Europe. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0210587.

Watson H & Soltani H. (2019) Perinatal mental ill health – the experiences of women from ethnic minority groups. British Journal of Midwifery,


Educational research about migrant women

Haith-Cooper M, Bradshaw G (2013) Meeting the health and social needs of pregnant asylum seekers; midwifery students perspectives. Part 1; Dominant discourses and midwifery students. Nurse Education Today, 33,9, 1008–1013

Haith-Cooper M, Bradshaw G (2013) Meeting the health and social needs of pregnant asylum seekers; midwifery students’ perspectives. Part 2; Dominant discourses and approaches to care. Nurse Education Today.33,8, 772-777

Haith-Cooper M, Bradshaw G (2013) Meeting the health and social needs of pregnant asylum seekers; midwifery students’ perspectives. Part 3; The pregnant woman within the global context”; an inclusive model for midwifery education to address the needs of recently arrived migrant women in the UK. Nurse Education Today. 33,9,1045–1050


Increasing resilience in migrant women: 

Balaam, M-C, Haith-Cooper, M, Korfker D, Savona-Ventura (2017)  Asylum seekers and refugees: a cross European perspective. In: Psychosocial resilience and risk in the perinatal period: implications and guidance for professionals. edt. G Thomson & V Schmied Routledge London

Viken, B, Balaam, M-C and Lyberg, A (2017) A salutogenic perspective on maternity care for migrant women. In: New thinking on improving maternity care: International perspectives. Pinter & Martin. ISBN 978-1-78066-240-4


General migrant women 

Balaam, MC, Haith-Cooper, M, Pařízková, A, Weckend, M, Fleming, V, Roosalu, T, Špoljar Vržina, S. (2017) A concept analysis of the term migrant women in the context of pregnancy. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 23,6

Duda-Mikulin, E.A. (2013). Migration as opportunity? A case study of Polish women: migrants in the UK and returnees in Poland. Problemy Polityki Społecznej (Eng.: Social Policy Issues), 23(4), pp. 105-121.

Duda-Mikulin, E.A. (2013). Citizenship in action? A case study of Polish migrant women moving between Poland and the UK. Culture & Education, 6(99), pp. 205-224.

Duda-Mikulin, E.A. (2014). Interviewing Polish Migrant Women in the United Kingdom and Poland. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. doi: 10.4135/978144627305014529524.

Duda-Mikulin, E.A. (2018). Migrant women’s welfare in times of crisis. In T. Fouskas (Ed.) Migrants and Refugees in Times of Crisis. European Public Law Organisation.

Duda-Mikulin, E.A. (2017). ‘Should I stay or should I go now?’ Exploring Polish women’s returns “home”International Migration. Doi:  10.1111/imig.12420.

Lonergan, G. (2012) Reproductive Justice and Migrant Women in Great Britain Women: A Cultural Review 23(1): 26-45

Lonergan, G. (2015) Migrant Women and Social Reproduction Under Austerity Feminist Review 109: 124-143

Lonergan, G (2020) Reflections on ten years of austerity: Immigration controls, economic discipline and reproductive justice Feminist Review

McKnight, P. and Coles, A., 2020. Gendered Considerations In The Asylum System During Covid-19- Guidance For Organisations Supporting Asylum-Seeking And Refugee Women. [online] Liverpool: Refugee Women Connect. Available at:

Murray de López, J. (2015). Conflict and Reproductive Health in Urban Chiapas: Disappearing the Partera Empίrica, Anthropology Matters (16)1

Pertek, S., Phillimore, J. and McKnight, P., 2020. Forced Migration, SGBV And Covid-19. [online] Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and Refugee Women Connect. Available at:

Villarroel N, Hannigan A, Severoni S, Puthoopparambil S. MacFarlane A. Migrant health research in the republic of ireland: a scoping review. BMC Public Health 2019,19:324.

Villarroel N, Artazcoz L. Different patterns in health care use among immigrants in Spain. Journal of immigrant and minority health. 2016 Apr 1;18(2):318-29.