Perceptions of Ghanaian Migrant Mothers Living in London towards Postnatal Depression during Postnatal Periods

Perceptions of Ghanaian Migrant Mothers Living in London towards Postnatal Depression during Postnatal Periods

Edith Dei-Anane1, Adjoa Afriyie Poku2, Simon Boateng3, Kwabena Osei Poku4, Emmanuel Amankwa3 and Abena Nkrumah Adasa5

1Adult Social Care, P.O Box 78 County Hall, Fishergate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8XJ;
2Lecturer, University of Education, Winneba: Department of Geography Education;
3Tutor, St. Monica’s College of Education, Department of Social Studies, P.O Box MA 250, Mampong-Ashanti;
4Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics, University of Reading, UK;
5Tutor, St. Monica’s College of Education, Department of Science, P.O Box MA 250, Mampong-Ashanti;

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The concept of postnatal depression might be constructed differently by people with different cultures resulting in the adoption of different coping mechanisms. Ghanaian migrant mothers living in London are no exception. The aim of this paper is to examine the perception of Ghanaian migrant mothers living in London towards postnatal depression during the postnatal period. In-depth interviews, augmented with informal conversations, were conducted with 25 Ghanaian migrant mothers who were within the postnatal period in London. Data were thematically analysed and presented. The study found that although Ghanaian migrant mothers reported experiencing stressful situations due to breastfeeding, infant temperament, lack of social support and housing problems, they were reluctant to seek help from maternal mental health services because they did not trust those health professional they encountered. Ghanaian migrant mothers appreciated the support of health visitors but the absence of family support increased their stressful situations. They, therefore, sought help when they are depressed mostly from religious leaders, friends, and distanced relatives while in London. We argue that since the Ghanaian migrant mother is a subsystem of her larger family which consist of individual elements such as the spouse or partner and her child and also relates with the wider UK environment including the health care system and the church, a change in one has an effect on all. Thus, health professionals must clarify their roles to mothers and take measures to assess migrant mothers on all aspects that influence their postnatal experiences. Identifying additional support needs of these mothers by health professionals is also paramount.

Keywords: Perceptions; Ghanaian migrant mothers, postnatal depression, postnatal period, in-depth interviews

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Edith Dei-Anane, Adjoa Afriyie Poku, Simon Boateng, Kwabena Osei Poku, Emmanuel Amankwa3 and Abena Nkrumah Adasa.Perceptions of Ghanaian Migrant Mothers Living in London towards Postnatal Depression during Postnatal Periods. American Journal of Geographical Research and Reviews, 2018; 1:7. DOI:10.28933/ajgrr-2018-02-0501


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