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Bridging Advocacy and Research – Perinatal Care & Incarceration

mai 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This seminar will include:

– An introduction to the current state of affairs related to perinatal care and women’s reproductive health as it relates to incarceration, including a small review of interesting findings in the literature applicable to the topic at hand.

– A recount of the current issues related to mother-baby provincial programs and how they affect the mother-baby connection in BC and Canada. Legal and psychosocial issues women and babies face with the current policies surrounding mother-baby programs, from the perspective of both someone with a lived experience and someone involved in this area day-to-day.

– A call for action to bridge research and policy, including an introduction of a new hub aiming at addressing these issues in a way that involves communities, policy-makers and researchers (IMPACT Hub).

About the Speakers:

Allison Campbell is a Registered Midwife and Associate Professor of Teaching in the Midwifery Program at UBC. She is currently completing PhD studies at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (aka the Social Justice Institute). Combining her professional and political interests: social justice in perinatal health care and incarceration practices in Canada, and informed by many years of learning, practicing and teaching midwifery, her PhD work focuses on perinatal experiences and reproductive justice in prisons in BC, specifically with regards to parenting behind bars. Allison has received funding from SSHRC and the UBC Public Scholars’ Initiative for her research and is a 2023-24 recipient of a Killam Teaching Prize.

Mo Korchinski is the Executive Director of Unlocking the Gates Service Society (UTG). Mo has had a long history of substance abuse and incarceration. Mo has a Bachelor of Social Work from Nicola Valley Institution of Technology. Her life’s work is now dedicated to helping others break the cycle of incarceration. She is an advocate for people involved in the criminal justice system and continues to push for change at a policy level and increased support for her community. Mo feels strongly about the need to address trauma and support healing for people who experience incarceration.

Dr. Jessica Liauw is a Maternal Fetal Medicine clinician-scientist at BC Women’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. She completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship, Masters of Health Sciences in Population and Public Health, and the Clinician-Investigator fellowship at UBC. Her research interests include fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, medical decision-making, and the reproductive health needs of marginalized populations.

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