Pregnancy Stories: A Guide for Expecting Families
The Inuit of Nunavut currently experience some of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, pre-term births, smoking, drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, infection, newborn and infant death, and hospital readmission after birth in Canada. Almost all births to Inuit women take place outside of the women’s home community, separating women from their families and communities, heightening their stress, and causing a significant financial toll.
As part of InuitHealthMatters, an AboutKidsHealth initiative to improve the health and well-being of expecting and new Inuit families, I provided illustrations for a guide to help expecting moms and dads choose actions that will encourage a healthy and well pregnancy for them, and for their growing baby. The resource is divided into two streams: one for mothers-to-be (in 40 weekly pages), and one for fathers-to-be (in 9 monthly pages). The guide provides information about the baby's development, health and well-being tips, information about what to expect through the health care system, and information from a traditional perspective. It is available in printed format and as a downloadable PDF from the Inuit Health Matters website.