Birthing on Country Discussion Paper
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience worse maternal and perinatal health outcomes compared to non-Indigenous women and infants. Moreover mainstream maternity systems fail to provide services that are accessible, culturally safe or effective.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have identified ‘Birthing on Country’ as something they believe will improve maternal and perinatal health outcomes. The term ‘Birthing on Country’ has been described as a metaphor for ‘the best start in life’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families because it provides an integrated, holistic and culturally appropriate model of care.
The Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies is working with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council and the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health to develop a Birthing on Country Discussion Paper at the request of the Queensland Government. The aim of the paper is to identify key features of a Birthing on Country model, relevant to the Queensland context, including the identification of potential sites where the program could be implemented.
To view the discussion paper click here.