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The pregnancy and newborn outcomes of Syrian refugees and Turkish women in a tertiary center, in İstanbul, Turkey [Zeynep Kamil Med J]
Zeynep Kamil Med J. Ahead of Print: ZKMJ-76376 | DOI: 10.14744/zkmj.2022.76376

The pregnancy and newborn outcomes of Syrian refugees and Turkish women in a tertiary center, in İstanbul, Turkey

Ayça Özgürel Bozkurt, Nazan Usal Tarhan, Enis Özkaya
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Health Sciences Zeynep Kamil Women’s and Children’s Disease Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: The objective of the study was to compare the pregnancy characteristics and neonatal outcomes of Syrian refugees and those of Turkish citizens who had been given birth in a tertiary referral center in İstanbul, Turkey.
METHODS: This retrospective study included one hundred Syrian refugees and one hundred Turkish pregnant women who gave birth in Zeynep Kamil Women’s and Children’s Disease Training and Research Hospital, conducted between January 2015-August 2018. The primary goal was to figure out whether the pregnant women get enough healthcare and the effects on maternal and early neonatal outcomes.
RESULTS: Syrian pregnant’s hemoglobin, hematocrit and mean corpuscular volume values was found to be lower than the Turkish women but not lower than the lower limit accepted for anemia during pregnancy. The rate of having antenatal screening tests and the mean number of hospitalizations was significantly lower among Syrian pregnant women than that of Turkish pregnant women.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Although providing regular and free healthcare in Turkey, Syrian refugees cannot receive adequate healthcare due to reasons such as language limitations, cultural differences and low socioeconomic level. The initiatives related to Turkish language educations and keeping qualified translators could improve the negative conditions.

Keywords: Antenatal care, healthcare, newborn outcome, pregnancy outcome, Syrian refugees.



Corresponding Author: Nazan Usal Tarhan, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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