Pregnancy and Immigration Status

Don't Call the Midwife Call the Doctor 

In their research, Chantae Thompson, Sahana Easwaralingam, Sarah Moffat and Iram Rafique examined the barriers pregnant women experience when they have precarious legal status. Pregnant women face barriers in accessing affordable care from midwives, as well as facing costs higher than those earmarked by provincial health insurance plans.  Also due to their deportability, some precarious status migrants may avoid seeking care.  Their findings problematize the assumption that uninsured migrants are not "deserving" of heath care and the links of those assumptions to understandings of nationalism, citizenship and "Canadian values." 


Sources Used 

CBC News (2015). “Pregnant in limbo: How vulnerable women pay for Canada’s universal healthcare.” <

Cowen, Deborah and Vanessa Parlette (2011). “Toronto’s inner suburbs: investing in social infrastructure in Scarborough.” Cities Centre. 1-12. <

Methot, Suzanne (2012). “Toronto is an Iroquois Word.” <>

Willen, Sarah S. 2012. " Migration, “illegality,” and health: Mapping embodied vulnerability and debating health-related deservingness." Social Science & Medicine 74:805-11.



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