Korean J Women Health Nurs.  2018 Dec;24(4):355-366. 10.4069/kjwhn.2018.24.4.355.

Vietnamese Immigrant Women's Experience of Maternity after Childbirth

  • 1Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Pohang University, Pohang, Korea.
  • 2Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Kosin University, Busan, Korea. cooler1978@kosin.ac.kr


To understand the meaning and essence of Vietnamese migrant women's maternal experience after childbirth.
A phenomenological methodology was used for this study. Study participants were six Vietnamese marriage migrant women who had experience of childbirth in Korea. Data collection period was from February 1 through November 4, 2016. Data were collected through in-depth interview and analyzed with the Giorgi method.
As a result of study, six main meanings and 12 themes were produced. The six main meanings produced in this study were "˜childbirth realized in the double difficulty', "˜concerned health between the ở cữ and the sanhujori', "˜tired body with hard parenting', "˜crowding regret for international marriage after childbirth', "˜Grateful partner becoming the prop', and "˜Growing maternal instinct by moving the mind and body in a foreign country'.
Consideration for postnatal care is necessary from Vietnamese marriage migrant women's viewpoint. Systematic education programs that can improve nursing capability of medical personnel for multicultured clinical practice with development of a postnatal care program suited to multiculture are also necessary.


Emigrants and immigrants; Postnatal care; Qualitative research

MeSH Terms

Asian Continental Ancestry Group*
Data Collection
Emigrants and Immigrants*
Postnatal Care
Qualitative Research
Transients and Migrants


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