The major research question that the consultation addressed was: What is good antenatal care? There were three parts to this question:
- What elements of antenatal care are identified as being important by Aboriginal women in the Central region?
- What are the features or dimensions of these identified elements?; and
- Which of these features or elements are the most important to Aboriginal women in the Central region?
The features of antenatal care identified and discussed by the women incorporated many social and economic aspects, as well as bio-medical and health service-related factors. For example, the need to feel and be safe from violence, the role of their families and partners, the importance of transport and the nature of their relationship with a health provider. It is essential and of the utmost importance that health services are flexible, adaptive and responsive to these preferences so that young Aboriginal women are provided with a range of options for their care and the opportunity and support to exercise their own choices.
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