Research study: The impact of migration on the reproductive health of women – HELP!

Research study: The impact of migration on the reproductive health of women – HELP!

From: Shamelle Richards: shamelle@uw.edu

 To Guyanese Online: 

Thank you for your help! It is deeply appreciated.

Here is the basic introduction to my project:

I am an undergraduate student researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. My specialization is medical anthropology.

I am currently looking for participants for a research study examining the impact of migration on the reproductive health of women from the English-speaking Caribbean. Studies have shown that immigrants from the non-Hispanic Caribbean have some of the worst pregnancy-related reproductive health outcomes, including an increased risk for pre-term births, low birth weight infants, and gestational diabetes. Women from Guyana and Trinidad are particularly vulnerable. 

Research on the African-American community has identified a link between discrimination-related stressors and poor birth outcomes. Using psychosocial stress and structural constructivist models, my goal is to understand how social environmental factors in both the United States and a woman’s country of birth might influence the reproductive health of women from the English-speaking Caribbean. I am hoping to interview women who meet the following criteria:

– Are between the ages of 18 and 49

– Were either born in an English-speaking Caribbean country or whose mother was born in an English-speaking Caribbean country

– Returned to their country of birth/their mother’s country of birth, at some point, for an extended period of time

This is an exploratory study and my hope is that it will point to avenues for future study, either by myself or other researchers. If you are interested in participating or know someone who may be interested in participating, please contact Shamelle Richards: shamelle@uw.edu

Thanks kindly,
Shamelle Richards: shamelle@uw.edu

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