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Ms Areej Haitham 

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Position:PhD student

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2091 7742
Location:Room 702a, 7th Floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB


The meaning of postpartum health and illness from the perspective of mothers and healthcare providers in Saudi Arabia. 


Dr Katie Featherstone and Professor Billie Hunter


In Saudi Arabia postpartum health is available in maternity hospitals and primary health care centres. However, mothers are not very keen on the idea of seeking medical advice.  Unfortunately this time period is governed by traditional beliefs, customs and practices that might not be consistent with a medical perspective.  Additionally healthcare providers' concern for maternal health increases dramatically during pregnancy and childbirth while postpartum issues do not receive as much attention.

This study explores how mothers and healthcare providers construct their concepts of postpartum health and illness. The proposed design studies ethnography and the data collection tools include observation and interviews.  In this study the researcher will perform frequent visits and interviews of participants at one of the most popular educational university hospitals in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.