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dc.contributor.author Wiebe, Adrienne D.
dc.contributor.author Barton, Sylvia
dc.contributor.author Auger, Laura
dc.contributor.author Pijl, Em M.
dc.contributor.author Foster-Boucher, Caroline
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-07T17:34:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-07T17:34:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Wiebe, A. D., Barton, S., Auger, L., Pijl-Zieber, E., & Foster-Boucher, C. (2015). Restoring the blessings of the morning star: Childbirth and maternal-infant health for First Nations near Edmonton, Alberta. Aboriginal Policy Studies, 5(1), 47-68. https://doi.org/10.5663/aps.v5i1.23823 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/5674
dc.description Open access article. en_US
dc.description.abstract It is not only remote Aboriginal communities in Canada that have poorer maternalinfant health status than Canadian averages; residents of First Nation communities located close to large urban centres also experience this health status gap. Alexander, Alexis, Enoch, and Paul First Nations are located within an hour of healthcare services in greater Edmonton. The narratives of 75 predominantly Cree and Stoney women from these communities were gathered through seven talking circles and five semi-structured interviews. The participants described their experiences of loss and separation as pregnancy care and childbirth moved out of the community and into the hospital over the last two generations. This shift was not only a geographic relocation; it also disconnected the childbirth experience from elders, family and community, traditional teachings, and spiritual meaning. Conversely, the participants’ hospital experiences were characterized by a limited sense of cultural safety. Participants highlighted the urgent need to reintegrate culturally based community support and health perspectives into the childbirth experience. The implementation of such a culturally integrated healthcare model in all Aboriginal communities—remote, rural, suburban, and urban—may be the key finally to closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal maternal and infant health status in Canada. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Alberta en_US
dc.subject Indigenous peoples -- Health and hygiene en_US
dc.subject Maternal-infant health en_US
dc.subject Childbirth experience
dc.subject Indigenous mothers
dc.subject Indigenous midwives
dc.subject Indigenous doulas
dc.subject Cree
dc.subject Stoney
dc.subject.lcsh Maternal and infant welfare--Alberta
dc.subject.lcsh Childbirth--Alberta
dc.subject.lcsh Cree women--Health and hygiene--Alberta
dc.title Restoring the blessings of the morning star: childbirth and maternal-infant health for First Nations near Edmonton, Alberta en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution Mennonite Central Committee en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Alberta en_US
dc.publisher.institution Alberta Health Services en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US
dc.publisher.url https://dx.doi.org/10.5663/aps.v5i1.23823


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