Project summary

The project (Jan-Dec 2022) examined informed consent during pregnancy, labour and birth in the case of parents with limited English-proficiency (LEP) in Scotland (e.g. refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived at the country).

It is often difficult for LEP parents to access adequate information in their own languages during perinatal care and this greatly contributes to poor maternal health outcomes.

The main objective of the project was to understand informed consent from an interdisciplinary perspective of midwifery and translation & interpreting studies.

Through a series of expert focus groups and interactive workshops with researchers and practitioners, the project created an environment where the concept of informed consent in multilingual and multicultural settings in Scottish maternity services could be viewed through fresh eyes.

The findings of the project were disseminated through a colloquium, international peer-reviewed publications and practice-based events with midwives and interpreters.

Watch our short interview with Royal Society of Edinburgh on YouTube

Watch our talk at the Maternity and Midwifery Hour on YouTube, where we summarise our findings.

Listen to our talk at the Maternity and Midwifery Hour as a podcast