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Fat reproductive justice: Navigating the boundaries of reproductive health care

Show simple item record LaMarre, Andrea Rice, Carla Cook, Katie M. Friedman, May 2020-06-04T17:06:29Z 2020-01-29 2020-06-04 2020-01-29
dc.description.abstract We explored the experiences of people in larger bodies seeking fertility and/or pregnancy care through a reproductive justice lens, integrating an understanding of weight stigma with an understanding of who has access to reproductive technologies, who is “allowed” to become pregnant, and the discourses that surround pregnancy. We conducted a thematic analysis of the narratives of 17 participants who had been labelled “overweight” or “obese” while pregnant and/or seeking reproductive healthcare related to fertility and/or pregnancy. Participants’ narratives speak to experiences of being surveilled and controlled in medical settings; this surveillance and control negatively impacted their access to desired care. In order to receive the kinds of care they wanted, many participants had to become self-advocates. This self-advocacy speaks to resistance and “resilience”; we discuss how individualizing “resilience” represents an incomplete solution to navigating the shaming and blaming encounters participants experienced with healthcare providers. We argue for healthcare that is more caring and responsive to the needs of diverse individuals who are or who are seeking to become pregnant. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work was funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) operating grant #137019 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.subject reproductive health en_US
dc.subject reproductive justice en_US
dc.subject weight stigma en_US
dc.subject fatness en_US
dc.subject pregnancy en_US
dc.title Fat reproductive justice: Navigating the boundaries of reproductive health care en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.embargo 2021-01-29
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dcterms.relation LaMarre, A., Rice, C., Cook, K., & Friedman, M. (2020). Fat reproductive justice: Navigating the boundaries of reproductive health care. Journal of Social Issues, 0(0), 1--25.

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