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Hands of a midwife: How Inuit women brought birth back home (CBC)

Article and audio documentary by Padraig Moran and Duncan McCue/CBC, Sep. 7, 2023

For decades, Inuit women in northern Quebec had to travel south, far from family and support, to give birth. That changed in 1986 when the North’s first midwifery clinic opened in Puvirnituq.

Research shows the clinic has been a success, but the model has not been widely replicated and many pregnant women across the North must still make long journeys, often alone.

Indigenous midwives are medical professionals who provide culturally competent sexual and reproductive health services, and Indigenous midwifery is proven to result in positive health outcomes. That’s why the National Council of Indigenous Midwives is working to put an Indigenous midwife in every Indigenous community.

Check out the full story of Puvirnituq.