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IDM - RSFQ midwives in Montreal, May 5, 2017

1397 Midwives and Supporters Sign Up to Dance!

On International Day of the Midwife, people from across Canada and around the world answered our call to Dance with and for Midwives!

It was a day to celebrate and thank midwives, a day to demonstrate the impact of midwifery, and to promote access to midwifery for all.

This year’s theme was Dance with Midwives for Midwives. CAM and its members helped organize a virtual dance for midwives. The turnout was amazing! A total of 1397 people signed up on the CAM website to participate in this virtual dance for midwives.

On May 5, people from across Canada answered our call to Dance With and For Midwives! Several groups across Canada organized #DanceWithMidwives events. In cities such as Fredericton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canadians danced enthusiastically to the rhythm of the Parachute Club’s hit song Rise UP. Some joined together physically, while others joined virtually, sharing theirs videos online, in a show of support for midwives across the country.  In Montreal, where people braved the rain to gather together outside of CAM’s Montreal office, the #DanceWithMidwives event was streamed LIVE on CAM’s Facebook page for all to enjoy! The day was marked by an impressive number of photos and videos being posted on Facebook.  As requested, several participants sent us videos of themselves dancing up a storm! Excerpts of these videos were gathered to create a #DanceWithMidwives video clip.

We wish to thank all those who participated in this extraordinary event! We enjoyed dancing with you, and especially seeing you dance! Mark your calendars for 2018. We hope to see you again next year!

Watch videos of the event