Recognizing the remarkable difference that midwives make in the lives of mothers, babies and families
OTTAWA,June 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Midwives play an important role in the lives of many mothers and their babies, during pregnancy and in the post-partum weeks. Indigenous midwives, in particular, bring safe, traditional
Today, while speaking at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced new funding for initiatives that will improve access to midwifery services in First Nations and Inuit communities.
Budget 2017 included new investments totalling $828 million over five years to improve the health outcomes of people in First Nations and Inuit communities. Of this, more than $83 million over five years is dedicated to maternal and child health, including $6 million over five years to support culturally-safe midwifery in communities.
Midwives are integral health providers across this country and particularly in First Nations and Inuit communities where community-based care is so vital.
Supporting First Nations and Inuit women to be able to give birth safely in familiar surroundings is an example of how the Government of Canada is working with Indigenous partners to support innovative and transformative healthcare solutions that also respect culture, tradition and history.
"I am very proud to announce this funding to improve access to much-needed midwifery services in First Nations and Inuit communities. I believe it is vital to support midwifery care which will bring traditional birthing practices back to these communities, better support mothers and their babies and build strong families."
The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"Midwives play an essential role in improving the quality of maternal-child health in communities around the world. As Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and as a former family physician who had the privilege of attending over 2000 births, often with the support and wise counsel of midwives, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your invaluable work and for all the work that we will get to do together in the future."The Honourable Carolyn BennettMinister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Associated LinksInternational Confederation of MidwivesInternational Confederation of Midwives CongressCanadian Association of Midwives Indigenous Affairs and Northern Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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