Project summary

The project examines 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 is 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 intends to create an environment where the concept of informed consent in multilingual and multicultural settings in Scottish maternity services can be viewed through fresh eyes.

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

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