The Project


Safe journey to motherhood

The ORAMMA project develops an integrated, mother and woman centered, culturally oriented and evidence based approach for all phases of the migrant and refugee women perinatal healthcare, including detection of pregnancy, care during pregnancy and birth, as well as support after birth. This approach implemented by multidisciplinary teams of experts, namely midwives, social workers and general practitioners, with the active participation of women from migrants and refugee communities, ensures a safe journey to motherhood.

a) Guidelines for perinatal care for migrant and refugee women

The guidelines will be addressed to health providers, individual health professionals working with the target group and other community-based services that the target group visits. The aim of the Guidelines is to be used both as a practice tool for health professionals but also as an informative and educational tool for all stakeholders involved in health assessment of migrant and refugee women and other related services.

b) ORAMMA approach development

This approach includes all the characteristics of the approach, description and role of the multidisciplinary team, description of phases and specifications on each phase, decision trees and/or algorithms for the implementation of the model.

c) Perinatal Personal operational plan

The Perinatal Personal Operational Plan (general health, psychosocial, perinatal assessment and plan) will be the basic tool of the perinatal healthcare provision for migrant and refugee women. It will provide all the necessary information both for the woman and the team treating her such as personal information, medical history related to pregnancy and childbirth,  the perinatal care plan, the assessment of the professionals of the team, as well as useful information for the women, such as the benefits and impact of the PPOP for her and her family.

d) Pilot and recommendations.

The ORAMMA approach and tools will be pilot tested and assessed in different European settings (UK, the Netherlands and Greece), in order to provide recommendations on the perinatal healthcare of migrant and refugee women and feedback on its effectiveness and efficacy.

e) Mapping of perinatal healthcare for migrants and refugee women in Europe.

The ORAMMA project gathers information on the present situation and the current size of the migrant and refugee  population, the needs of the target groups and the needs of health professionals, the existing practices, social services and operational structures of healthcare provision, as well as special issues as legislation or other country specific issues to be taken into consideration. As a result, a summative Report on EU and national context on perinatal healthcare for migrant and refugee women will be used for the development of the model, the pilot implementation and the design of the training course.

Cultural awareness across the borders

Involvement of women from the target population and their training in order to assist and act as advocates for pregnant women during the whole perinatal and antenatal period as intercultural mediators is a key aspect of the ORAMMA project. A highly innovative concept enabling these women to have more encompassing role not only as an interpreter but truly mediate, actively assist and provide support to migrant and refugee pregnant women. Through developing an education/package this will facilitate two-way knowledge transfer and learning between health professionals and community increasing cultural awareness.

Working together for a better community

The implementation of the ORAMMA approach refers to communities with migrant and refugee populations. Selected key members or active players from these communities will propagate and diffuse the perinatal approach into the communities and motivate them to actively participate. The project combines close cooperation of health professionals and migrant and refugee communities. In this framework training activities on both target groups will be implemented as well as raise awareness of migrant and refugee women on a rights-based knowledge.  

Health care with compassion

The ORAMMA project develops an integrated, mother centered, culturally oriented and evidence based approach for all phases of the migrant and refugee women perinatal healthcare. The ORAMMA approach supports a compassionate holistic treatment of these vulnerable groups focusing on their needs, addressing in a compassionate way the challenges migrant and refugee women face.

“This website is part of the project ‘738148/ORAMMA’ which has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020)”.