The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives would like to congratulate Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto on their successful application for a birth centre in Toronto. The recent news from the Minister of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario that funding will be provided for the Toronto Aboriginal Birth Centre to open in the summer of 2013 is warmly welcomed. NACM’s vision is of “Aboriginal midwives working in every Aboriginal community” and we know that this birth centre will make great strides towards this vision. We applaud the fact that the Toronto Aboriginal Birth Centre is committed to serving the urban Aboriginal community in Toronto through its core practice, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and through dedicated birthing space governed by Aboriginal people.
As Aboriginal midwives we see the critical need for culturally secure care within our communities and the difference midwifery care makes within Indigenous and underserved communities alike. The health and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families is key to the success of Aboriginal peoples, and as such, an Aboriginal Toronto Birth Centre will be instrumental in providing culturally centred care, education and research for Toronto’s Aboriginal families. We know that this Birth Centre will fill an identified gap in providing access to culturally safe and relevant maternal child health care services to families. We welcome this birth centre and look forward to it providing are a more culturally acceptable environment for birthing while establishing a model that has the potential to be duplicated in other communities.
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