This is a PhD application and the applicant is based at Victoria University. The PhD investigates an investigation on the intersection between resilience and risk factors for Samoan women living in Aotearoa/New Zealand during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. Considering the very low prevalence rates of postnatal depression for Samoan women, this research aims to advance the understanding, both within Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally, of 'what works' for Samoan women particularly during early motherhood. The fundamental question underpinning this PhD is, 'what are the key factors that contribute to resilience amongst Samoan women living in New Zealand during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood?' More so, why is it that Samoan women have lower prevalence rates of postnatal depression in New Zealand? The research will identify key factors relating to the health and wellbeing of Samoan women and provides recommendations for policy and practice, which will be beneficial for women from other communities. The methodology uses a phenomenological approach focusing on capturing and describing how people experience phenomenon. In this case, how Samoan women experience pregnancy, and post-birth. This PhD also follows on from a Master's degree the applicant completed. The supervisors for this PhD are Dr Teresia Teaiwa based at Pacific Studies, and Dr Jenny Neale based at Health Research Services at the School of Government. Both are from Victoria University.