Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies
Karen Lawford

Karen Lawford

Assistant Professor in Gender Studies

PhD (Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies), University of Ottawa
MA (Institute of Women's Studies), University of Ottawa
BHSc with distinction (Midwifery), McMaster University
BSc Honours (Chemistry and Environmental Resource Science)

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D518
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext.75079
Research interests: Maternity care on reserves, Medical evacuation, Midwifery, Indigenous feminist theories and methodologies, Indigenous women and Two Spirit Leadership, Indigenous health and wellness, Health care

Dr. Lawford is an Aboriginal midwife (Namegosibiing (Lac Seul First Nation, Treaty 3) and a Registered midwife (Ontario). Her research focuses on the provision of maternity care for those who live on reserve and understanding the barriers to equitable reproductive health services. Currently, she is a Co-Investigator on a Status of Women Canada research project, entitled Empowering women leaders in health: Health care, health sciences, & Indigenous health. Dr. Lawford is the lead on Indigenous health and purposefully draws attention to Indigenous women and Two Spirit leaders in health.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Nelson, C.R., Lawford, K.M., Darling, E.K., & Otterman, V. (July/August 2018). Mental health indicators among pregnant Aboriginal women in Canada: Results from the Maternity Experiences Survey. Health  Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 38(7/8), 269-276.

Darling, L., Lawford, K., Wilson, K., Kryzanauskas, K., & Bourgeault, I. (2018). Distance from homebirth to emergency obstetrical services and neonatal outcomes: A cohort study. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (accepted and forthcoming)

Lawford, K.M., Giles, A.R., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2018). Canada's evacuation policy for pregnant First Nations women: Resignation, resilience, and resistance. Women and Birth.

Lawford, K., & Giles, A.R. (2016). Kivalliq Inuit Centre boarding home and the provision of prenatal education. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75, 32213.

Lawford, K. (2016). Locating invisible policies: Health Canada’s evacuation policy as a case study. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, 37, 2(2), 147-160.

Lawford, K., & Giles, A.R. (2012). Marginalization and coercion: Canada’s evacuation policy for pregnant First Nations women who live on reserves in rural and remote regions. Pimatisiwin, 10(3), 327-340.

Lawford, K., & Giles, A.R. (2012). An analysis of the evacuation policy for pregnant First Nations women in Canada. AlterNative, 8(3), 329-342.

Smylie, J., Fell, D., Ohlsson, A., & the Joint Working Group on First Nations, Indian, Inuit, and Métis Infant Mortality of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (2010). A review of Aboriginal infant mortality rates in Canada: Striking and persistent Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal inequities. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101, 143-148.