Ontario restores ‘beautiful ceremony’ of birth by funding 6 Aboriginal midwifery programs – CBC

Minister of Health sees initiative as a sign of reconciliation

Feb 10, 2017

The Ontario government is establishing six Aboriginal midwifery programs, with the goal of offering culturally appropriate child and maternity care to a number of Indigenous communities.

“If you think about it now, most Indigenous communities don’t have midwives anymore, and what’s left in Indigenous communities is not birth anymore. We’re hearing in the media about suicides, we’re hearing about death but the way that I look at it, now that we’re going to be having midwives coming through and working in community, we will now see the restoration of that beautiful ceremony,” said Ellen Blais, the policy analyst on Indigenous midwifery for the Association of Ontario Midwives.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-dilico-aboriginal-midwifery-1.3974972

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