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746 births over 36 years: Inuk midwife long served her remote community – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 21, 2022176 Views

Dec 21, 2022

Now retired, Akinsie Qumaluk still gets requests to perform deliveries

Akinisie Qumaluk is a household name in her home community of Puvirnituq, Que.

She was there for 746 births as a midwife over her 36-year career working at the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in the village of about 2,000 people in the northern Quebec region of Nunavik.

While she can’t remember every birth, she’s kept careful records. And many in the community hold fond memories of her.

“They always come up to me and shake my hands, [saying] ‘do you remember the birth I had with you?'” said Qumaluk.

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