- Salma Almukhaini, from Oman, is a first-year PhD student at Dalhousie University’s school of nursing. SUBMITTED
Evidence shows that the risk of postpartum depression in refugee women is five times higher than for Canadian-born women. In Syrian refugee women, this could be attributed to many challenges that they often experience before arriving and after resettling in Canada. These include social isolation due to being in a new community, which is culturally different, and the difficulty in accessing and navigating the complex Canadian healthcare system. In fact, difficulty accessing gynecological and obstetric care is well-reported by refugee women in Canada. Certainly, this is exacerbated by language barriers that prevent these women from accessing health care at an early stage, thus, leaving them isolated.