The Aboriginal Families Study is a cross sectional population-based study investigating the views and experiences of mothers having an Aboriginal baby in South Australia between July 2011 and June 2013.
344 women living in urban, regional and remote areas of South Australia completed a structured interview booklet when their baby was around seven months old.
The primary aims of the study are to:
- compare experiences and views of women attending standard (mainstream) models of antenatal care with those accessing care via Aboriginal Family Birthing Program services
- assess factors associated with early and continued engagement with antenatal care
- assess social health issues affecting women’s health during and after pregnancy
- use this information to inform strengthening of services for Aboriginal families.
The preliminary findings suggest that the shift to providing services for Aboriginal families via the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program in South Australia has improved engagement with antenatal care. This is likely to translate into better outcomes for Aboriginal women and children.
The team commenced analysis of the final data set in early 2014, and will be reporting findings as they become available.