Talking about reproduction with a migrating spouse: Women’s experiences in Dhading, Nepal

Zoe Hendrickson, Sandhya Lohani, Bibhu Thapaliya Shrestha, Carol Underwood

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Abstract

Communication between Nepali women and their migrating spouses affects the transregional or transnational social fields of women “left behind” and may have implications for their reproductive health. We explored women’s interactions with their absent spouses using data gathered from qualitative interviews. Conversations with migrant husbands were frequent, organized around husbands’ schedules, and focused on children’s needs and expenses. Couple power dynamics were challenged and reinforced in such conversations. Communication about family planning and childbearing was often delayed until the husband’s return. In an increasingly mobile world, encouraging partner communication should be integral to reproductive health programs working with migrant couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Care for Women International
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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