Expectant refugee women: How service providers can support pregnant refugee women

Presenter: Vanessa Wright, NP
Date: October 22, 2014

Webinar Content
Pregnant refugee women have unique health and psycho-social needs that may be affected by their experiences in prior to, during and after migration to Canada. In this webinar presentation, we will review  the factors that you should be aware of as a service provider (OR health care provider), including practices to keep in mind in health care screening, prenatal care and health care access, and potential referral sources.
Learning objectives
Review the differences in health outcomes during labour and delivery between Canadian and Foreign born women
Review standard prenatal care in Ontario, and any health concerns/barriers that might arise for pregnant refugee claimants
Highlight postpartum health issues for refugee women and potential referral sources during this time sensitive period
Presenter Biography
Vanessa Wright is a nurse practitioner at the Women's College Hospital's Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic. She and her team provide comprehensive medical services to newly arrived refugee clients for their first two years in Toronto. She has also worked across a variety of community health centres in Toronto and provided primary health care and emergency nursing care in medically under-serviced First Nation communities in Northern Ontario. Vanessa worked as an Emergency Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital from 2007-2012, and as a result became the  nursing lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration Emergency Medicine Team, where she supports the educational partnership between Addis Ababa University and the University of Toronto, as well as emergency medicine development in Ethiopia and the concept of emergency nursing. Her other professional experiences include working as a Field Nurse for Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, Zambia, and India.  She also volunteers for the Health Bus at Sherbourne Health Centre, and serves as a public speaker for OXFAM and an association member for Doctors Without Borders.

Vanessa Wright