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Yukon midwifery association to study past Indigenous birth culture – CBC

by pmnationtalk on February 9, 2018214 Views

Yukon government gives $74,360 to research project, which will begin this year

February 09, 2018

The Yukon government is putting money toward a research project that will document Indigenous communities’ historical approach to midwifery and childbirth.

The Community Midwifery Association will receive $74,360 for the project, which will begin this year.

“I think it’s really important to honour what the practices were, who held the knowledge … and what were the practices, from prenatal stages of childbirth and the transition to motherhood,” said the association’s president, Kathleen Cranfield.

“It’s important to acknowledge, when you’re re-introducing the profession of midwifery to a jurisdiction, that we acknowledge what the history here was.”

Cranfield says it’s not just about midwifery, since not all First Nations would have used that term.

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