Evaluation of the Birthing Project in Rankin Inlet, NWT

Regions: Kivalliq Region, Nunavut

Tags: health, midwifery, childbirth

Principal Investigator: Chamberlain, Marie (1)
Licence Number: 12747
Organization: University of Ottawa
Licensed Year(s): 1994
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: J. England

Objective(s): To assess the extent to which women can be managed safely by midwives during pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum period in the Rankin Inlet Birthing Project; to assess whether the Rankin Inlet Birthing Project meets the cultural and psychosocial needs of individuals during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period; and to measure the cost of providing birthing services in the Pilot Project compared with the cost of transferring the women out to another centre.

Project Description: The researcher will review medical charts and a data collection tool filled out for all women who gave birth in a one-year period from Rankin and Baker. 15 women from each hamlet and 10 male partners will be interviewed. Midwives will be observed at the Rankin Birthing Centre during a one-month period. The researcher will also conduct interviews with health pesonnel and key informants in Rankin Inlet at the end of the one-year period.