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U of Manitoba midwife program slated to start next year – CBC
by ahnationtalk onMay 25, 202056 Views
Progressive Conservatives made election promise to create new program after cancellation in 2016
May 25, 2020
The University of Manitoba is set to deliver a new bachelor’s degree program in midwifery starting in 2021, with a special focus on Indigenous practices to address the need for midwives in northern, remote communities.
The new program will admit six students a year, with half the spots designated for Indigenous students.
Midwives have been licensed in the province since 2000, but there are still only 55 working across the province. A previous midwifery program offered by the U of M in partnership with University College of the North was cancelled in 2016, leaving 14 students in limbo.
Darlene Birch, a Métis elder and registered midwife who is helping develop the curriculum for the new program, said midwives can provide essential care for women giving birth in northern and remote communities.