Birthing on Country services centre First Nations cultures and empower women in pregnancy and childbirth

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Abstract

Many Australian women rely on and trust maternity services to see them through pregnancy, labour and the early stages of new parenting.

But for First Nations women, these same services can be confronting and can result in poor outcomes. Many women must travel far from family and community to birth. And if they don’t, they often feel misunderstood and judged by mainstream health services.

There is another way. Birthing on Country means First Nations women give birth on their ancestral country. It acknowledges First Nation peoples’ continued ownership of land and unique birthing practices.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2022

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