Josephine Francis Xavier
I am a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at York University. I hold a master's degree in maternal and child health care from CMC Vellore, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University. I am a nurse educator, lactation consultant and perinatal nurse. As a researcher, my interests broadly extend to virtual reality in nursing education and practice, women's mental health, fathers’ involvement in immigrant childbearing families, healthy behaviours of school-age children, neonatal pain relief, neonatal hypoglycemia, gender-inclusive language, and the promotion of breastfeeding support. I am multi-linguistic—I speak Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Arabic. As an immigrant mother and an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN), my scientific inquiry will focus on fathering/parenting issues among South Asian-Indian immigrant families (young adults) during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. I also plan to explore the intergenerational and cross-cultural differences among fathers in Canada's South Asian-Indian diaspora. My findings will explore possible solutions, strategies and community-based methods to improve and enhance the father's mental and well-being within South Asian society's heterogeneity.
Keywords: South Asia; India; fathers; childbearing period (pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum); gender; immigrant; diaspora