A call for action that cannot go to voicemail: Research activism to urgently improve Indigenous perinatal health and wellbeing

Women Birth. 2021 Jul;34(4):303-305. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2021.03.011. Epub 2021 Apr 29.


In this call to action, a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, United States and Canada argue for the urgent need for adequately funded Indigenous-led solutions to perinatal health inequities for Indigenous families in well-resourced settler-colonial countries. Authors describe examples of successful community-driven programs making a difference and call on all peoples to support and resource Indigenous-led perinatal health services by providing practical actions for individuals and different groups.

Keywords: Call to action; Community-controlled organisations; Indigenous; Midwifery; Research activism.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Colonialism
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Health Services, Indigenous*
  • Humans
  • Midwifery
  • New Zealand
  • Patient Rights
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Rights*
  • United States