The Integration Puzzle What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life
Part 10: The Midwife's Migraine
H., 32, is a midwife.
What does a midwife typically experience inside a refugee camp, Ms. H?
"When I tried to refer pregnant women to gynecologists, I sometimes had to call 15 different practices before I could find a doctor who was willing to take them. Of course there are many committed doctors with whom I have worked together very well, but there are also practices that don't want to take on refugees because the women often aren't properly insured. Naturally the doctors need to be able to make money, but there also has to be another way of obtaining compensation for treating refugees.
The women were always extremely grateful when I came for an hour a week to the refugees' initial reception center to provide midwife services. In addition to myself, there was also a pediatric nurse and a pediatrician, each of whom came for four to five hours a week. That's not enough, but there isn't enough money available for more positions right now. This is especially problematic given that pregnant refugees are at a higher risk of premature births and complications. They were submitted to high stress levels during their flight, and the babies in their womb often aren't getting the nourishment or care they need. Obviously this stress doesn't end once they arrive at a camp in Germany.
Often, it's the bureaucracy which makes things complicated. At one point I needed to get hold of gloves and disinfectant and I was referred from one office to the next. I still haven't found out as of today who, exactly, is responsible for providing these things. I ultimately bought them myself.
- Part 1: What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life
- Part 2: Integration 101
- Part 3: Are Refugees More Violent?
- Part 4: Frustration and a Lack of Resources
- Part 5: Teaching Refugees to Swim
- Part 6: 'A Challenge Like No Other'
- Part 7: The Doctor's Advice: Learn German and Be Patient
- Part 8: A 1.5 Billion Burden for the Healthcare System?
- Part 9: Dancing Away Stereotypes and Prejudice
- Part 10: The Midwife's Migraine
- Part 11: Germany Will Need 20,000 New Teachers for Refugees
- Part 12: 'We Need Time'
- Part 13: 'We Will Only Manage This If We Have the Infrastructure'
- Part 14: 'We Will Undergo a Multicultural Transformation'
- Part 15: Refugees at Our Doorsteps
- Part 16: 1.09 Million Refugees Registered in 2015
- Part 17: Policing the Refugee Camps
- Part 18: The Refugee Bill
- Part 19: Integration Will Be a Task for Decades to Come
- Part 20: 'An Open Economy Would Be Unimaginable without Immigration'
- Part 21: BMW Courts Refugees
- Part 22: A Michelin Star and Refugees
- Part 23: 'What Is a Petroleum Technician?'