Facilitating Culturally Safe Indigenous Birth in Urban Labor and Delivery Environments
More Indigenous women are experiencing pregnancy, birth, and post-partum care in urban centres, with or without the support of traditional midwives. This multi-part clinical case invites participants to explore how urban perinatal nurses can mobilize theory and practice related to Indigenous ally-ship to facilitate culturally safe birth experiences while navigating institutional policy and inter-disciplinary relationships.
1. Develop and discuss action-based strategies for nurses to support a culturally safe urban Indigenous birth experience through engagement with a clinical case scenario.
2. Challenge understandings of nursing advocacy in the context of Indigenous birth by exploring the theory and application of cultural safety, cultural humility, and Indigenous ally-ship in urban perinatal nursing practice.
3. Identify practical examples of effective ally-ship, strategies, and resources for urban perinatal nurses to support Indigenous birth.
Yi Lin (Clarice) Shen, RN, University of Toronto, North York, ON, Canada
Anne Simmonds, RN, PhD, University of Toronto, North York, ON, Canada