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Hiebert, Shirley,1945-
NCN Otinawasuwuk (receivers of children) : taking control of birth in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
Ph. D. -- University of Manitoba, 2003
Ottawa : National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, [2004]
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This participatory action research (PAR) study with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) integrated scientific investigation and action to develop a community-based childbearing model in NCN. The multi-method ethnographic PAR study involved qualitative and quantitative methods. Qualitative methods included participant observation, modified focus group meetings, key informant and semi-structured interviews, an analysis of documents (historical NCN texts, studies, and community assessments) in addition to a field-study trip with two participants as co-researchers. A quantitative retrospective chart audit of women who received antenatal care during the years 1997-1999 was carried out to determine antenatal clinic utilization and maternal behaviors around smoking, alcohol and recreational drug use. Current childbearing services that are being provided by the federal government were found to be a continuation of other colonialist policies that have been detrimental to community life. Infrastructural barriers, as well as the lack of midwifery education opportunities in Manitoba are obstacles to returning birth to NCN. The research resulted in a project that employs women as maternity workers in preparation for the return of birth to the community. Participants envisioned an alternative community-based Aboriginal childbearing model that integrates Western expertise and knowledge. The PAR process proved an empowering means to explore this issue with women.