Manavi’s key area of research focuses on the access healthcare and perinatal outcomes for pregnant women with precarious immigration status. Her research program focuses on issues facing uninsured pregnant women in Ontario. Manavi personifies midwifery activism by challenging current health policies and problematizing structural discrimination in the healthcare system. She forms an important link in a network of midwives who regularly deliver pro bono midwifery services to uninsured pregnant women.
Manavi is one of the founding midwives of West End Midwives, a practice group which serves a high proportion of immigrants, refugees and uninsured women. Manavi has served as past Head Midwife at Etobicoke General Hospital. She served on the Ontario Hospital Relations Taskforce for the Association of Ontario Midwives and the National Advisory Committee, Migration and Reproductive Health Research.
- MWF120: Normal Childbearing
- MWF250: Midwifery Clinical Skills
- MWF320: Midwifery Complications & Consultation
- MWF344/345: Advanced Clinical Skills I, II, Emergency Skills Workshop
- MWF220 & 305: Inter- professional placements I & ii
- MWF315: Midwifery Issues
- MWF350: Interprofessional Midwifery Care
- MWF370: Field Placement
- MWF410: Clerkship
- MWF420: Midwifery: Maternal & Newborn Pathology
- 2010 – Distinction award presented in recognition for Anti-Racism Activism by the Urban Alliance and Race Relations for her work in the area of immigrant and refugee women’s health.
- Care trajectory of uninsured pregnant women attending community health centres in Toronto.
- Midwives’ attitudes towards abortion and the provision of abortion care.
- Primary care of pregnant women in Ontario
- 2015 Awarded $7000, Ryerson University: Health Research Fund. Project Title: Cervix Characterization and Training Model Synthesis. Role: Co Principle Investigator
- 2013 Awarded $154,560/3years, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). Project Title: Migrant Friendly Maternity Care (MFMC) in Montreal. Role: Co-Applicant
- 2013 Awarded $7000, Ryerson University: Teaching About Diversity Fund. Project Title: From Classroom to Clinical Placement. Role: Co-Applicant
- 2013 Awarded $5000, Ryerson University: Summer Research Opportunities Program. Project Title: Outcomes of Uninsured Pregnant Women in Midwifery Care. Role: Sole Applicant, Primary Researcher
- 2013 Awarded $5000, Ryerson University: Ryerson Experiential Learning Academic Research Assistant Program. Project Title: Uninsured Pregnant Women: Cost-effectiveness of Community Health. Role: Center Referrals to Midwives versus Obstetricians
- Wilson‐Mitchell K, Handa M. Infusing diversity and equity into clinical teaching: training the trainers. Journal of midwifery & women's health. 2016 Nov;61(6):726-36.
- Handa M, Sharpe MD. Shifting Paradigms in Women’s Health Care: From Informed Consent to Informed Choice. Women's Health Bulletin. 2015;2(2).
- Handa M, Rosenberg S. Ontario Midwives Attitudes Towards Abortion and Abortion Provision. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, 2015; 15 (1) 8-
- Handa M, Robertson A. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section: Ethical Considerations for Midwives. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice. 2014; 13(2):36-46.
- Handa, M. 2013. Mothering the South Asian Mother: Stories from Midwifery, in Gonsalves T, Sangha J (eds), South Asian Mothering: Negotiating Culture, Family and Selfhood pp 116-125. Demeter Press: Toronto.
Peer-reviewed Conference Papers:
- Anneke Rummens J, Handa M, Rouseau C, Wilson Mitchell K. Issues Facing Uninsured Pregnant Women in Ontario. Metropolis Conference. Toronto, Ontario. March 2, 2012.
- Handa, M. Developing a Migrant Friendly Maternity Care Questionnaire: An International Delphi Consensus Poster Presentation. Metropolis Conference. Toronto, Ontario. March 2, 2012.
- Bannerjee A, Handa M, Ledwo C. Issues Facing Uninsured Pregnant Women and Children: What are We Doing. Seeking Solutions Symposium: Access to Healthcare for the Uninsured in Canada. Toronto, Ontario. February 22, 2012.
- Handa M. Limited Access to Healthcare for Uninsured Families and Children in Ontario and Quebec: On the Ground - Access to Healthcare Issues for uninsured Women and Their Canadian Babies. Seeking Solutions Symposium: Access to Healthcare for the Uninsured in Canada. Toronto, Ontario. February 21, 2012.
- Handa M, Anneke Rumens J, Planning for Action: Care for Uninsured Women and Children. , Seeking Solutions Symposium: Access to Healthcare for the Uninsured in Canada, Toronto, Ontario. February 21, 2012
White Papers, Grey Literature, Public Infographics
- 2020 Handa M. During coronavirus hospital surge, a midwife recommends home birth, external link. March 22, 2020.
- 2020 Baxter H, Di Lallo S, Handa M...et al. (2020) Public Health Canada Chapter 4. Care During Labour and Birth, external link. In PHAC. Healthy Living
- 2017 Handa M. Canada’s impending refugee crisis and how midwives can save the day, external link. November 14, 2017
- 2014 Handa M. Midwifery Care for the Uninsured: Findings of a Research Study and a Business Case for Direct OMP Funding. Ontario Midwifery Program, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- 2013 Handa M. Community Health Center – Midwifery Partnerships in Ontario: An Overview of Best Practices and Barriers to Collaboration, Association of Ontario Midwives
- 2013 Handa M. Aboriginal Midwives and Clients: A Preliminary Overview of Needs and Barriers, Review of Focus Group Findings, Association of Ontario Midwives.
- 2008 Handa M. Race and Representation Report: Focus group on new graduate experiences of race and Representation in midwifery education. Midwifery Education Program, Ryerson University
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Health Care Policy Development
- 2016 Moola S (Coordinating Author), Angle P, Baxter H, Dilallo S, Jefferies A, Gagnon A, Handa M, Kotaska A, Nutbrown M, Staub K, Robson K, Strom L, Watts N. Family Centered Maternal and Newborn Care National Guidelines: Chapter 5: Care in Labour, in Family Centered Maternal and Newborn Care National Guidelines. (Planned date of publication 2016).Public Health Agency of Canada, Chapter 5: Care During Labor and Birth, Chapter 4:Antenatal Care
- 2012 Vaginal Birth after Previous Low-Segment Caesarean Section: Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. Association of Ontario Midwives. Taskforce Member
- 2006 Maaten S, Guttman A, Kopp A, Handa M, Jaakkimainen L. Chapter 2: Care for Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth, in Jaakkimainen L, Upshur R, Klein-Geltink J, Leong A, Maaten S, Schultz S, Wang L (eds), Primary Care in Ontario ICES Atlas (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, 2006), pp. 15-34.
- 2005 Vaginal Birth after Previous Low-Segment Caesarean Section: Clinical Practice Guideline. Association of Ontario Midwives, Taskforce Member, Co-Author
- 2012-present Non Insured Walk in Clinic, Midwifery Co-ordinator
- 2012-2017 Lead Midwife, Midwifery Integration Committee, Humber River Hospital
- 2009-2011 Head Midwife, William Osler Health System, Etobicoke General Site
- 2004-2008 Midwifery Division Head, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto
- Refugee Health Reform, external link, opens in new window
- Now What? Midwifery, external link, opens in new window
- Midwifery Care for Syrian Refugees, external link, opens in new window
- My Work is Important!: Pay Equity for Midwives, external link, opens in new window
- Working with Equity and Diversity in MIdwifery, external link, opens in new window (Student Kambili Husbands, supervisor Manavi Handa)
- 2015 Lalonde A. Work Life Balance. Midwife Spectrum. Spring 2015 (1)
- 2015 Febres-Cordero B. Midwives Attuned to Needs of Pregnant Newcomers. New Canadian Media. 14 September
- 2015 Pregnant and in Limbo. How uninsured women pay for Canada’s Universal Health Care System, CBC Radio, Day 6 – Saturday Feature Program. Beza Sefa, March 27
- 2014 Febres-Cordero B. Health Care Options for the Uninsured. New Canadian Media. October 15
- 2014 Samur A. For Moms-to-be, It’s Frightening to be Uninsured. The Tyee. March 21
- 2013 South Asian Daughters, Radio Humber, April 18
- 2012 Yates, D. Public Policy Needed to Provide Prenatal Care to Non-Status Immigrant Women, Midwifery Times, March 30
- 2012 Midwives Protest Planned Cuts to Refugee Healthcare, Ontario Midwife, Summer
- 2012 Disappearing Daughters: Feticide in the South Asian Community in Canada, Ontario Morning, CBC Radio, April 16
- 2012 Disappearing Daughters: Feticide in the South Asian Community in Canada, Radio-Canada, April 16, TV: Telejournal Ontario, April 16, TV: The National, April 16
- 2012 Princess Slice Network, Invited Midwife Expert, March
- 2006 Unattended homebirth/free birth’ movement. Only midwife interviewed regarding issue. CBC News Hour, June 4
- 2006 Health Care Providers Concerned about Immigration. Panel Speaker, Press Conference, City TV, May 2006