Strategies for Engaging Indigenous Women During Pregnancy

Webinar recording in English for Prenatal Educators: How to reach, connect and engage Indigenous future families during pregnancy. (2019)


This webinar provided prenatal education service providers who work with Indigenous clients some insight into how to engage them in prenatal education.

Presenter: Sheila Marcinyshyn

Sheila Marcinyshyn is an Ojibway woman belonging to the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Sheila and her husband Bruce currently live in Thunder Bay and have three amazing children, two sons aged 22 & 20, and one daughter who is 17 years old. Sheila’s previous work experience includes working with youth and young adults with special needs, supporting child development in a variety of day care settings, supporting First Nation Communities in Northern Manitoba, providing instruction in maternal child health, supporting women during pregnancy and postnatal, providing birth doula support, offering educational programs in parenting, nutrition and FASD as well as providing advocacy and outreach. She has 17 years of experience working with Indigenous families living in Thunder Bay in areas of addictions, trauma informed care and life skills. Sheila strongly believes in supporting Indigenous people through strength-based approaches, engaging the whole family, cultural teachings, education, prevention and health promotion. She is passionate about empowering and advocating for the well-being of Indigenous people as well as supporting families to live a healthy balanced life.