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Understanding Mi'kmaq Women's Experiences Accessing Prenatal Care in Rural Nova Scotia

Burns, Laura, BScN, RN; Whitty-Rogers, Joanne, PhD, RN; MacDonald, Cathy, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000248
Section: Culture, Race & Discrimination

Indigenous women experience a higher incidence of maternal complications compared with non-Indigenous women. Despite this, little is known about access to prenatal care for Mi'kmaq women in Nova Scotia. The intent of this study was to gain a more comprehensive understanding of Mi'kmaq women's experiences accessing prenatal care. The findings from this study highlight key implications for nursing practice such as promoting the nurse's role in supporting and advocating for Mi'kmaq women's health and for providing culturally safe care. This research will highlight that access to prenatal care is a complex issue for some women.

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Correspondence: Laura Burns, BScN, RN, 25 Bay Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2G4 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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