Childbearing Indian migrant women’s expectations and experiences of care: Implications for health systems responsiveness

Project Details

Heavily pregnant woman sitting crtossed legged on the floor holding belly

Current research suggests that migrant women’s expectations of maternity care are shaped by their social and migrant situations and can go beyond just the clinical management of pregnancy. Many studies, both globally and in Australia, have explored migrant women’s experiences of maternity care. However, few have examined migrant women’s expectations of such services and whether the health system responds to these expectations.

This study will investigate whether maternity care services in Melbourne respond to the expectations of Indian migrant women, based on their experiences with these services. It also aims to understand how Indian migrant women’s social and migrant situations influence their expectations and experiences of care. We expect this study will provide insights to improve the Australian health system’s responsiveness to migrant populations.


Kimberly Lakin
Professor Sumit Kane


Professor Rosemary McKenzie, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Professor Della Forster, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne
Rebecca Hyde, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

Research Group

Social & Cultural Dimensions of Health Systems

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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