Birth for HumanKind


The need for culturally appropriate maternal care

A former client's birth experience highlights the need for culturally safe and informed care.
Yasmin and her baby
Image: Nynno Bel-Air

In a recent article published by ABC News, a previous Birth for Humankind client Liz* told her story in the hopes of raising awareness of the growing need for culturally appropriate maternity care for women and birthing parents from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Liz’s story is one of many that shine a light on the maternal health inequities that exist for people from diverse cultural backgrounds experiencing disadvantage – and the effect this can have on birth experiences.

Liz was supported before, during and after the birth of her son by Laura-Lee, one of our wonderful volunteer doulas. Our Doula Support Program exists to provide continuity of maternal care to those who need it most. Our doulas provide personalised practical and emotional support to our clients as they navigate pregnancy, birth and the health system, often with no other support person.

You can watch the TV news segment here or read the online article here

*Names have been changed to protect and respect client privacy.

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