Bucharski, Dawn; Brockman, Larry; Lambert, Delores
June 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p151
Academic Journal
The article presents a culturally appropriate prenatal care model for aboriginal women in Alberta. It has been observed that prenatal transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses) is a substantial problem in Northern Alberta. At least one third of cases occur in women who were not infected at the time of delivery. In order to develop the model, the author conducted interviews with HIV health care providers from Northern Alberta Clinics. In an interview an aboriginal leader identified culturally appropriate as meaning "respecting the cultures' beliefs and combining care that complements those teachings and values". When asked to describe what should constitute prenatal care she identified the importance of holistic services. Focus group interviews with other aboriginal leaders also identified the importance of including fathers and family members in prenatal care. They also recommended that counseling on such issues as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases should be made available.


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