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Aboriginal Midwifery in Canada


Since the mid-1980s, there has been a movement to bring birth back to Aboriginal communities, through the training of local midwives, the establishment of birthing centres and the integration of traditional and western practices. This mobilization has developed in response to government policies that have required Aboriginal women to give birth in southern and urban centres for decades, rather than in their own homes and communities.

In this 20 minute documentary, First Nations, Inuit and Métis midwives and representatives from Aboriginal organizations discuss the challenges, benefits and significance of Aboriginal women taking control of this most sacred ceremony and bringing it back home.

To hear the Pod cast visit the NAHO/The National Aboriginal Health Organization.

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