Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 1.06.33 PMThis study is an examination of gendered and queer practices at the intersection of birthing, which historically and institutionally has been heteronormatively constructed. While providers are caring and well-intended in their provision of clinical care, they often have little recognition of the pervasiveness in which systemic heteronormativity permeates healthcare, and how this translates into negative health outcomes for queer women, particularly those in birthing care. We seek to further understand the gendered nature of queer birth and the complex ways in which homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism and intolerance are embedded in health care structures. The results from this study will be useful for best practice guidelines, educational curricula, and continuing education for providers working with queer birthing women in rural care.

Who May Participate?
If you are a queer woman who has given birth with the last 5 years, lived in your community for a minimum of 2 years and are 18 years old or over… we want to hear your story! Participants receive a $35 gift card honorarium.

Perinatal Care Providers
If you are a nurse, a registered midwife, or family physician who has provided perinatal care to queer women in rural Nova Scotia and have practiced in your current location for at least 2 years…we want to hear your story!

We are seeking queer woman and perinatal care providers to participate in one-on-one interviews,  60-90 minutes long. If you may be interested, please contact us for more information.

Shannon Pringle, Project Coordinator
Dalhousie University, School of Nursing

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