Call for Interest The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) is inviting applications for their Campaign to Protect the Future of Aboriginal Communities: Promoting the Profession and the Practice of Aboriginal Midwifery

// // Posted in NAHO Bulletin Board

Submission Deadline: January 20th, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: February 15th, 2012

Is your community interested in finding out more about Aboriginal midwifery? Is your community in the process of accessing midwifery services? This Call for Interest is for Aboriginal communities who want to learn more about Aboriginal midwifery from Aboriginal midwives. The goal is to support the development of Aboriginal midwifery in communities through sharing knowledge and experience, including strategies for accessing midwifery care.

The Campaign to Protect the Future of Aboriginal Communities aims to promote the profession of midwifery and to increase access of Aboriginal communities across Canada to the Aboriginal midwifery model of care. NACM has committed to working with selected Aboriginal communities across Canada to build local knowledge of Aboriginal midwifery and midwifery services, and support communities who are already in the process of accessing these services. The support provided by NACM for the selected communities will be tailored to each communities’ need, and will range from: holding a one-day community symposium to share knowledge and experiences, consultations with Aboriginal leadership and staff to strategize gaining access to midwifery services, and/or review and compilation of supporting documents including protocols and guidelines for midwifery in their region.

About Us:
NACM is a diverse group of midwives from all regions of Canada, representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. We recognize that the good health and well-being of Aboriginal mothers and their babies is crucial to the empowerment of Aboriginal families and communities. We advocate for the restoration of midwifery education, the provision of midwifery services, and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As active members of the Canadian Association of Midwives, we represent the professional development and practice needs of Aboriginal midwives to the responsible health authorities in Canada and the global community.

If your community is interested in participating, please send an application letter to the following address: nacm@canadianmidwives.org. Please call Eby Heller at 514 807-3668 for more information.

Please ensure the application letter contains the following information:
1. Name and location of community;
2. Current maternal, newborn and infant health services available in your community;
3. What stage your community is at in terms of accessing midwifery services (if applicable);
4. What areas of support (i.e. community symposium, meetings with leadership, document review) would be of most interest to your community.

The deadline to submit an application letter is January 20th, 2012.

2 Responses to Call for Interest The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) is inviting applications for their Campaign to Protect the Future of Aboriginal Communities: Promoting the Profession and the Practice of Aboriginal Midwifery

  1. Nicolle L. Gonzales, CNM says:

    I am actually writing a grant to National Geographic about funding a movie that encourages this. I’m interested in getting the word out about what we are all doing to keep birth in our ancestral communities. I miss you all!

    Navajo CNM from NM :)

  2. Denise Thompson says:

    I have a distant relative Gutsi Cook who is a traditional midwife from Akwesasne-a Mohawk Reserve on the New York /Canada border. She was training some women to become traditional midwives on the Six Nations reserve in Ontario.