Category Archives: pregnancy

Northern Quebec Inuit Communities Transitioning to Birth Closer to Home

I lived for 6 months in Puvirnituq, Quebec and am happy to learn that more and more mothers and children are able to stay in their communities to give birth.  When I lived there there was a birthing centre at the hospital in Puvirnituq and there were two midwives who worked with the hospital physicians. Since then 3 other birthing centres have been opened in Inukjuak,  Salluit and Kuujjuq.   The initiative to bring birth closer to home has received world wide recognition fro the health promoting practices.  And women are no longer being forced to choose their culture over their health care.  (It was standard practice for many years to evacuate pregnant women in their last month of pregnancy to a southern hospital).  The pregnant women were often socially isolated and without family or social support.

Read this article for more in-depth anaylysis of the health outcomes , the cultural benefits and why this is a model that is being promoted.


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A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications due to pregnancy. 90% of these deaths are preventable

We are so fortunate in the West to have access to safe motherhood– but this is sadly not the case for the vast majority of women who live in developing countries, ( or those in our own countries for that matter, who don’t have access to good primary health care)  . Check out this  new documentary on maternal mortality and what you can do to support improvements in maternal health.

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