Evidence of disrespect and abuse during pregnancy and birth is increasing globally; however, little is known about the experiences of childbearing people in BC and high-quality data is needed, to address this serious issue. While it is essential to ensure a positive birthing experience regardless of the person’s background, research suggests that racialized and minority groups are more likely to report disrespectful treatment by care providers and are less likely to access high-quality care during pregnancy and birth.
In my study, I plan to analyze the pregnancy and birth stories from childbearing people, using several data sources and analysis approaches. Body mapping is a participatory method of data collection that will help to depict experiences of respect, disrespect and abuse. My goal is to create a Continuum of Respectful Experiences (CORE) model to describe complex, multi-layered experiences each birthing person may encounter during perinatal care. This model can be used as a tool to change patterns in care provision. It can teach care providers ways to reduce disrespect and abuse; enable person-centered decision making and understand the needs of people with different identities.