The Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport incorporates traditional beliefs and values as well as clinical best practices. The passport provides expectant mothers with health information, resources, traditional teachings, growth charts, checklists, and a place to write down goals, thoughts, ideas, and dreams for their babies. The Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport is intended to empower women and their families through their sacred journey of pregnancy, birth, and baby’s first few weeks.
Adapted from the Women’s Health Pregnancy Passport, the Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport
was developed by Perinatal Services BC in
collaboration with the Ministry of Health and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). A provincial advisory committee conducted five focus groups with women in Terrace, Williams Lake, and Vancouver to review the initial draft and provide cultural feedback. The draft was also sent for scientific review to OB/GYNs, midwives, nurses, and GPs in acute care and public health to ensure the physical aspects of pregnancy were accurate.
PSBC and FNHA have distributed 20,000 hard copies of the passport to health care providers across BC. Additional hard copies can be ordered using the PSBC Online Ordering Portal.
A special thank you to the First Nations and Aboriginal Elders, community members, and professionals who helped develop this resource, members of the Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport Provincial Advisory Committee, expert reviewers from around the province, and the Population and Public Health Program at Provincial Health Services Authority.
For a walk-through of the passport, watch our May 27 Tea & Talk video presentation session.