Séminaire scientifique organisé par l'Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal – IRSPUM
Circles of solidarity: exploring group antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience in Senegal
Antenatal care (ANC) is essential to screen and treat pregnancy-related complications and identify high-risk pregnancies. It is also an opportunity to communicate and provide support to women and families regarding appropriate care seeking practices and health behaviors during pregnancy and across the continuum of care. However, in Senegal, only around half of all pregnant women and adolescents receive the recommended minimum of four ANC visits and even fewer receive high-quality services that meet their needs. Group ANC—a model where health care providers bring together a group of women at the same stage of pregnancy for physical assessment, facilitated participatory learning and peer support—has demonstrated potential for improving women’s pregnancy experiences and health outcomes. This presentation will discuss the implementation and preliminary findings of an ongoing pilot study of group ANC in Senegal’s Kaolack Region.
Britt McKinnon is a Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy. Her research interests are in maternal and child health, social epidemiology, and evaluation of health policies and programs.
Kate Zinszer, chercheuse régulière à l’IRSPUM et professeure adjointe au département de médecine sociale et préventive de l’ESPUM.