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Sex work and motherhood : Social and structural barriers to health and social services for pregnant and parenting street and off-street sex workers Duff, Putu; Shoveller, Jean; Chettiar, Jill; Feng, Cindy X.; Nicoletti, Rachel; Shannon, Kate

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Our study documents the correlates of barriers to pregnancy and mothering among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada. We used baseline data from An Evaluation of Sex Workers' Health Access (AESHA), a prospective cohort of sex workers. Among the 399 sex workers who had ever been pregnant or had a child, 35% reported having ever experienced a barrier, with lower education, homelessness, and history of injecting drugs significantly correlated with pregnancy and mothering barriers. Our findings highlight a critical need for tailored and nonjudgmental services and supports, including improved programs to address intersecting aspects of poverty, health literacy, stigma, and substance use.

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