Giving Birth in a New Land – Strategies for Service Providers Working with Newcomers

Manual in English for service providers: How to offer prenatal services in a culturally competent manner. (2009)


This guide is for service providers who work with pregnant women who are new to Canada. It includes information about care during the prenatal and postpartum period. The purpose of this guide is to help service providers find ways to provide “culturally competent care.”

In order to do this, the guide has the following objectives:

  • to share information about the beliefs and practices of newcomer women in relation to prenatal and postnatal health care services;
  • to assist service providers in helping newcomer women and their partners familiarize themselves with Ontario health practices related to pregnancy and the birth of their baby; and
  • to suggest ways for service providers to accommodate the needs of newcomer women within their organizational mandate.