Documentation of Traditional Inuit Practices Related to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Principal Investigator: Putt, Betty-Anne (1)
Licence Number: 10149
Organization: Pauktuutit, Inuit Women's Association
Licensed Year(s): 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1990
Project Team: Linda Archibald; one assistant;

Objective(s): To gather data on the experiences of Inuit women during pregnancy and childbirth while living on the land; during the early years of living in settlements; once community life and the northern health care system were well established; To identify special skills and knowledge which Inuit elders who have experience with meidwifery possess; To gather data on the traditional role of the midwife during the various stages of pregnancy, labour, childbirth and immediately following the birth; To identify practices and beliefs common throughout the North; To identify regional variations in the approach to pregnancy and childbirth and the practice of traditional midwifery;

Project Description: This project will conbine analysis of interview data, review of available literature and the personal accounts of the elders. The elders will be asked to verbally respond to a series of open questions aimed at gathering data to meet the objectives of the research of traditional Inuit practices related to pregnancy and childbirth.