Prenatal care through the eyes of Canadian Aboriginal women

Nurs Womens Health. 2014 Feb-Mar;18(1):38-46. doi: 10.1111/1751-486X.12092.


The Aboriginal Prenatal Wellness Program (APWP) in Canada represents a culturally safe approach to prenatal care. By understanding the history of colonization and residential schools and how this history has contributed to health disparities, a multidisciplinary team provides culturally competent and integrated prenatal care to Aboriginal women and their families. This article describes the APWP and discusses how increased participation in health care by historically marginalized populations can lead to better maternal and neonatal health outcomes.

Keywords: Aboriginal women; cultural competence; maternal health; prenatal care.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alberta
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Birth Rate / ethnology
  • Capacity Building
  • Cultural Competency*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology*
  • Home Childbirth / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / psychology*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care / psychology*
  • Prenatal Care / standards
  • Prenatal Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Social Conditions
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult