Transforming possibilities of care: Goan migrant motherhood in New Zealand

Contemp Nurse. 2005 Sep;20(1):87-101. doi: 10.5172/conu.20.1.87.


Little is known about the maternity experiences of migrant mothers in Aotearoa/New Zealand--and in particular the ways in which women adapt and survive when separated from traditional postnatal practices and family support. This paper reports on a study of the maternity care experiences of women from Goa (India) in Auckland, New Zealand. Multiple research strategies were incorporated into the process to prevent reproduction of deficiency discourses. Interviews were carried out with Goan women who had experiences of migration and motherhood. The findings revealed that as a consequence of motherhood and migration, migrant mothers were able to reclaim and re-invent innovative solutions. Nurses and other health professionals can have a significant role in supporting women and their families undergoing the transition to parenthood in a new country and develop their knowledge and understanding of this dual transition.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Ceremonial Behavior
  • Choice Behavior
  • Colonialism
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • India / ethnology
  • Internal-External Control
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Mothers / education
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Needs Assessment
  • New Zealand
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Postnatal Care / psychology*
  • Postnatal Care / standards
  • Power, Psychological
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Concept
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transcultural Nursing / education
  • Transcultural Nursing / organization & administration
  • Transients and Migrants