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New video on home birth in Inukjuak on Isuma website

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:58

New Video about home birth in Nunavik: "Nutaraqtaariavittuq - Expecting the child"

 

This powerful video follows the journey of the 1st Inuk woman, Phoebe Atagootalook, to have a home birth in Nunavik in more than 40 years. This video illustrates how bringing birth back to northern communities is such an essential and empowering process.

To watch the video, click here.

Press Release: Partnership between NYSHN and NACM

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 14:41

Native Youth Sexual Health Network and National Aboriginal Council of Midwives Announce Partnership during "Heart Your Parts" Week 2014!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 10, 2014 - The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) and National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) are excited to announce our partnership and memorandum of understanding (MOU) during Heart Your Parts National Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week February 10-14th.

Toronto Birth Centre Opening

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:52

NACM congratulates the SGMT on the opening of the Toronto Birth Centre

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives would like to congratulate Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto on the opening of the Toronto Birth Centre on January 22nd 2014. 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 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.

Press Release: NACM launches Toolkit

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 14:23

Resource aims to increase midwifery care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis

Ottawa, November 8th, 2013 – The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) is pleased to announce the launch of the Aboriginal Midwifery Toolkit. Developed to provide concrete knowledge and tools for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities looking to bring birth and midwifery care closer to home, the Toolkit is an interactive online resource with a print version designed for communities with limited internet access. It can be found at http://www.nacmtoolkit.ca/

 

Press Release: NACM supports Families of Sisters in Spirit

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 08:09

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL COUNCIL OF MIDWIVES SUPPORTS FAMILIES OF SISTERS IN SPIRIT

We at the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) would like to express our support for the Families of Sisters in Spirit in their work of bringing light to the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

 

NACM receives grant from the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 10:08

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives is very pleased to announce that it received a 3500$ grant at the beginning of June from the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery. NACM wishes to thank the Birth Trustees and the Board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery for selecting NACM among its finalists. This grant will help NACM to develop more exciting multimedia resources.

Job Posting – Midwife - Sea Bird Island Band in B.C.

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 09:44

The MABC has been approached by the Seabird Island Band (Stolo Nation) near Agassiz, BC with an incredible opportunity. The Health Director, Carolyne Neufeld, is hoping to recruit a Midwife to work with the band, as part of their wonderful child/maternal health team. Please see attached job description for further detail.

 
For further clarification on this opportunity, please feel free to contact the MABC’s Executive Director, Ganga Jolicoeur, at the MABC office.

NACM Co-chair, Kerry Bebee, accepts AOM award on behalf of elder Cree Midwife, Mrs. Wabano

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 09:23

Kerry Bebee, Co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, accepted an award on behalf of Mrs Wabano during the Association of Ontario Midwives May 2013 Conference. 

Kerry Bebee, Co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, accepted an award on behalf of Mrs. Marguerite Wabano, an elder Cree Midwife who turned 109 years of age last January. This award was given by the AOM’s Executive Director, Kelly Stadelbauer, during the Association of Ontario Midwives Annual Conference which took place from May 6th-8th 2013.

Press Release: International Day of the Midwife

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 00:00

THE NATIONAL ABORIGINAL COUNCIL OF MIDWIVES AND THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF MIDWIVES: ALL CANADIAN WOMEN DESERVE EQUAL ACCESS TO MIDWIFERY SERVICES

Montréal, May 3rd, 2013 - On May 5th 2013, International Day of the Midwife, the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), are calling on Canadians to voice their concern about the health disparities and inequalities faced by many women living in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities across the country.

 

 

Important Facts

  • Midwives are primary health care providers who work as part of the health care system in most provinces and territories. They provide care to women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.  Evidence from around the world demonstrates that midwives are essential to improving the lives of mothers and babies. However, only 2% to 5% of women in Canada receive midwifery care services.
  • Women in remote areas often must leave their community for weeks before birth. The disruption of social networks at this important time is detrimental to the health of women, their families and their communities. Midwifery care is a safe and cost effective solution that can be applied in rural and remote regions to bring birth as close to home as possible

About Midwifery in Canada

 

There are just over 1100 registered midwives in Canada. The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories.

 

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) exists to promote excellence in reproductive health care for Inuit, First Nations, and Métis women. NACM advocates for the restoration of midwifery education, the provision of midwifery services, and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

 

Information:

Tonia Occhionero

Executive Director/Directrice générale

Canadian Association of Midwives/

Association canadienne des sages-femmes

 

514-807-3668

 

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