Eritrean Refugees’ Utilization of Antenatal Services in Israel

Nellie van den Bos, Galia Sabar

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This study analyzes Eritrean refugee women's utilization of antenatal services in Israel by means of retrospective self-reports surveys (N = 63) targeting women's service utilization (array of services used, frequency rates, facility rates and demographic correlates) and semi-structured interviews (N = 10) targeting women's experienced barriers for service utilization. Findings show that Eritrean women make substantive use of the full array of services, with user rates increasing over time. However, frequency rates are low, although increasing when women have more experience with the system. Facility rates are not in keeping with the recommendations of the Israeli Ministry of Health. Interviews reveal that the barriers of work and a complex system of antenatal care limit women's frequent service utilization in the right facility, while the barrier of miscommunication limits their understanding of the services they actually utilized. Findings stress the importance of analyzing different facets of utilization and their demographic correlates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-80
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography


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