Indigenous Midwives in Every Indigenous Community: The Importance of Indigenous Midwifery

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Author(s): Kerry Bebee


Much discussion over the past decade or so has centered on the need for skilled Indigenous midwives working within Indigenous communities (World Health Organization (2011); National Aboriginal Health Organization (2004); Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2009); Australian College of Midwives (2015). The vision statement of the National Aborig- inal Council of Midwives (NACM), the organization repre- senting Indigenous midwives within Canada and partner of the Canadian Association of Midwives, is: β€œAn Aboriginal Midwife in Every Aboriginal Community.” But what does this mean on the ground? Why is this so important?
Oral Presentation