Government Funding For Midwifery Across Canada

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Government Funding For Midwifery Across Canada Will Implement Positive Changes To Indigenous Women In Canada And Our Healthcare. Erin Gibbs: 200270053 INHS 100 Professor: Melissa Bendig University of Regina Due Date: October, 30th, 2014 Government Funding For Midwifery Across Canada Will Implement Positive Changes To Indigenous Women In Canada And Our Healthcare. Traditional midwifery has been practiced in indigenous culture for many generations. Midwifery is one of many traditions that were impacted by acculturation policies. It is slowly being implemented back into indigenous culture as more knowledge and resources are becoming available. Canadian indigenous women are one of many groups who have been…show more content…
A general understanding of the history of midwifery is important when considering why it would have such a positive effect on indigenous women’s health. Acculturation diminished the traditional midwifery practices and there is evidence that the health of indigenous women has suffered. Midwifery was an old indigenous tradition that was gradually eliminated throughout acculturation. The Skye article states that in the 20th century, there were laws passed that made midwifery illegal and punishable by law. (Skye, 2010) This caused negative effects on health because there was no longer a focus on the overall wellbeing of the individual and the loss of culture was a traumatic experience for indigenous populations in Canada. The article also states that midwives were highly respected in indigenous culture and midwives shared a spiritual connection with the mother, child, family and whole community. It outlines that midwives coached the mother and community throughout all stages of pregnancy. They ensured that all of the needs of the mother were met nutritionally, physically, and spiritually. Midwives also performed the role of educators to their communities and they passed on many traditions and aided in spiritual development and healing. Throughout the process of acculturation, knowledge of health and traditional medicine was lost. (Skye, 2010) The Caroll article talks about the historical
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