Pregnancy intentions in a group of remote-dwelling Australian Aboriginal women: a qualitative exploration of formation, expression and implications for clinical practice

We wish to share a recent report on the formation and expression of pregnancy intentions in women from a remote region of the Kimberley. This project originated from a series of yarning sessions with women over several years and incorporates the results of individual interviews with 27 women.

Along the way we gained some importance insights into how to improve our communication when discussing pregnancy intention. Women identified some of the things that might impact on how they discuss their pregnancy intentions with their health care providers, including: pressure from partners to fall pregnant, wanting to avoid “humbug” or worrying about a “wrong skin” relationship.

The results have so far been used to inform the Kimberley Preconception Protocol and the development of tools to promote effect consultations with women in our clinics. We are looking into what other resources clinics may find useful.

We would like to thank the women who participated in this project.  Without your help this research would not have been possible.

Publication:

Emma K Griffiths, David N Atkinson, Domenica Friello and Julia V Marley. Pregnancy intentions in a group of remote-dwelling Australian Aboriginal women: a qualitative exploration of formation, expression and implications for clinical practice. BMC Public Health 2019; 19:568.

Download:
Download the plain language report for staff (124 KB .pdf)

Download the plain language report for community (124 KB .pdf)

Download the publication (612 KB .pdf)