Giving birth: towards greater cultural safety for Indigenous women – McGill University Health Centre

Giving birth: towards greater cultural safety for Indigenous women – McGill University Health Centre

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 202244 Views

June 27th, 2022

Giving birth can be an unsettling experience. Imagine being evacuated by plane after a high-risk pregnancy to give birth hundreds of kilometers away from home, sometimes without the support of loved ones, in order to receive care in a specialized hospital.

This is what an average of 315 Indigenous women from Northern Quebec go through every year when they come to give birth at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). To make their stay easier, the MUHC and its partners in the Cree and Inuit communities will soon implement measures to ensure better cultural safety for these patients.

Although it is intended to preserve the health of the mother and baby, evacuation comes at a price. It can cause psychological distress, breastfeeding problems, poor diet or an increase in substance use. Some women hide their pregnancy from authorities, attempt to give birth at home alone or leave the hospital prematurely.

Read More: https://muhc.ca/news-and-patient-stories/news/giving-birth-towards-greater-cultural-safety-indigenous-women

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