Environmental Scan of Prenatal Services for Marginalized Women in Alberta: Specialized Services

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

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Executive Summary

Introduction: The Marginalized Women Working Group was formed by the Maternal Newborn Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network to examine the availability and access to prenatal care services for marginalized women in Alberta. This environmental scan has been conducted to determine what prenatal services currently exist for marginalized women in Alberta and identify any gaps or opportunities that may be present. Structured phone interviews with key service providers were used to collect data; data was analyzed using a mixed methods approach.

Results: 62 individuals/programs were contacted and 49 phone interviews were completed, for an overall response rate of 79%. A wide range of different service providers from all five AHS Zones participated in the scan. Several strengths were noted in existing services: a strong provincial network of non-profit agencies and Canadian Perinatal Nutrition Programs, specialized maternity services offering tailored prenatal care, and several regional prenatal service networks. A…

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