The cultural safety of publicly available maternity services to Indigenous women in New Brunswick

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University of New Brunswick


Pregnant Indigenous women in Canada suffer from a lack of access to culturally safe prenatal care but minimal research has been done on this topic locally. This thesis sought to explore the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous women and Knowledge Holders in New Brunswick, relative to the cultural safety of publicly available prenatal care. Eight Indigenous mothers and three Knowledge Holders were engaged in research conversations, a community engagement session, and/or a sharing circle. Collaborative thematic analysis resulted in three overarching themes, including 1) Relationality 2) Health Systems and 3) Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Indigenous women and Knowledge Holders have significant experience, considerable knowledge, and valuable insight regarding the cultural safety and future of maternity care in New Brunswick. Their perspectives informed the development of 10 recommendations that we (the research team) hope will lead to improvements in cultural safety for maternity care and support development of community-led programming.