Finding peer or professional support can seem nearly impossible for people experiencing homelessness during pregnancy. That is why the MATCH (Midwifery and Toronto Community Health) Program at SRCHC partnered with the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Toronto Metropolitan University and Young Parents No Fixed Address to create A PATH to Safety.
A PATH to Safety is an animated, evidence-based short film that uses a fictional composite hero myth to depict the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness in pregnancy. The film illustrates how marginalization and gaps in our health care system fail to address the needs of this population, leading to vulnerability to drug use, legal problems and social isolation.
The purpose of this film is three-fold:
- To be discovered by people who Google “homeless, pregnant, Toronto” so that those with lived and living experience can feel less alone and be linked to high-quality services.
- To educate the general public of the challenges, as well as the bravery and strength demonstrated by people experiencing homeless during pregnancy in Toronto.
- To be used as an emotionally impactful and scientifically backed knowledge translation tool to influence decision makers and inform future policies.