Decolonizing childbirth with Nunavik Inuit women
Nunavik Inuit women transferred to high-risk hospitals for childbirth: a co-designed pilot intervention.
Decolonizing childbirth with Nunavik Inuit women transferred to high-risk hospitals for childbirth: a co-designed pilot intervention
Many Nunavimmiut women in northern Canada experience poor health in comparison with other women in Canada. To reduce the risk of health problems, pregnant Nunavimmiut women are often transferred to high-risk urban hospitals for childbirth. Research shows, however, that the policy of evacuating women for childbirth can negatively affect the health and well-being of mothers and newborns. It can also have negative effects on the health of their families and communities. It is therefore important to adapt this policy to better support the wellbeing of Nunavimmiut families.
This participatory project involves Nunavimmiut families and their healthcare providers in Montreal and Nunavik. The aim of the project is to identify strategies to support Nunavimmiut families to give birth in a good way in Montreal and Nunavik, and to identify pathways and strategies to support Nunavik-based childbirth.
In collaboration with participants, we will implement co-designed recommendations and examine their impact on maternal, family, and community wellbeing. The policy of evacuating Nunavimmiut women to high-risk hospitals tries to ensure their safety in pregnancy and childbirth. This policy, however, can have unintentional negative effects on the health of Nunavimmiut families. We believe that developing healthcare services in collaboration with Nunavimmiut women and families will better support their well-being in pregnancy and childbirth.
Dates: 2019 to 2027
Funding: Canadian Institutes for Health Research