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A multi-faceted study led by a Murdoch University researcher will influence the way maternity services support Aboriginal women in Western Australia during pregnancy and birthing.
Funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and contributions from 13 stakeholders, including the Telethon Kids Institute and Murdoch University, the four year project will investigate current cultural provisions for Aboriginal women and assess how they can be improved.
The study investigates how best urban maternity services and staff can support the culturally important philosophy of ‘birthing on country’, which ensures a spiritual connection to the land for an Aboriginal mother and her baby. Birthing on country means an Aboriginal mother giving birth to her child on the lands of their ancestors.
The study will begin in June, 2014 with researchers recruiting Aboriginal women, midwives, clinical and management staff from public and private maternity services, midwifery educators and female Aboriginal elders to provide data.
Source: Murdoch University