Sarah Khaw

Community-based doulas’ and health care providers’ perspectives and experiences working together to support migrant women in maternity settings

Supervisors:

Dr Meghan Bohren, Gender and Women's Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Professor Caroline Homer, Maternal and Child Health, Burnet Institute

Title: 

Community-based doulas’ and health care providers’ perspectives and experiences working together to support migrant women in maternity settings

Abstract:

The aim of this PhD study is to understand the relationship between community-based doulas and health care providers when they support migrant women in maternity settings. Interpretivism and the socio-ecological model of health will be the theoretical frameworks guiding this research. This study will involve two methodologies: a systematic review and a qualitative interpretive phenomenological study. Findings from both methodologies will contribute to strengthening the evidence base surrounding community-based doula and health care provider relationships which may enhance existing maternity services for migrant women in high-income countries like Australia. Furthermore, factors affecting the successful and sustainable implementation of community-based doula programs may also be identified.

Bio:

Sarah is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Health Equity’s Gender and Women’s Health Unit. Her background as a midwife, experience as a qualitative research assistant and Master of Public graduate has allowed her to pursue her interests in migrant and refugee women’s health.

PhD Scholarships:

Sarah was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Human Rights Scholarship in January 2020. She is also supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.