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Racism at play in Indigenous health care, child welfare: MMIWG hearing – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on September 12, 201851 Views

September 12, 2018

Medical expert on Indigenous health speaks on maternal trauma

Janet Smylie recalls being shocked by one nurse’s inability to “walk in someone else’s shoes or moccasins” when, as a family physician, she was called on to speak with her upset patient—an Indigenous mother whose child had been apprehended.

It was after hours at the hospital and the woman had been put into a mixed room with three breastfeeding mothers. Smylie’s patient was still breastfeeding when her own child had been taken.

“Imagine how it would make you feel to have your baby apprehended after hours and to be in a mixed room with three other mothers who were breastfeeding their infants,” said Smylie, who added that the woman was also told by a social worker that she had an “anger management problem.”

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