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Joint Position Statement

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March 05, 2012 – Joint Position Statement: Nurses and Midwives Collaborate on Client-Centred Care: The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) are pleased to announce the publication of the joint position statement: Nurses and Midwives Collaborate on Client-Centred Care.

CAM, CNA and CAPWHN recognize that strong interprofessional partnerships between nurses and midwives are an important factor in fostering safe and effective maternity care that responds to the needs of women, families and communities.

Visit to view the Joint position statement.

About CAM

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories. CAM promotes the development of the profession in the public interest and contributes the midwifery perspective to the national health policy agenda.

About CNA

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 146,788 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.


The Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) is a new organization representing women’s health, obstetric and newborn nurses from across Canada. CAPWHN aims to promote excellence in nursing practice, leadership, education, and research in the areas of perinatal and women’s health care.

For more information:
Anne Wilson, President
Canadian Association of Midwives/Association canadienne des sages-femmes

News Clip

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A four-volume report this week from Quebec’s health commissioner says the province needs to do a better job supporting new mothers and their children.

The province has a rising birth rate, and low mortality rate for newborns, but one in three women do not have any follow-up during the first quarter of their pregnancy.

In his report, Health Commissioner Robert Salois recommended more use of midwifery services. Four years ago, the government promised that 10 per cent of childbirths would be attended by midwives, a goal it is far short of achieving. However, Health Minister Yves Bolduc said this week that new birthing centres will be announced soon.

Another issue raised by Mr. Salois is follow-up care. Home visits by nurses are not available for 68 per cent of newborns. To deal with this, he would like to see more integrated care where different health services can be offered under one roof.

The report (in French) is at HE

Deadline Extended to April 30, 2012 – Call For Papers – Inuit Health Research and Community Innovations

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The National Aboriginal Health Organization is calling for papers to be considered for publication in the fall 2012 issue of the Journal of Aboriginal Health. This issue will be devoted to Inuit health and wellness in its broadest sense. Authors may explore this theme in relation to one or more of the following topics.

Research Articles (standard journal article format, maximum 5,000 words):

• Health research concerning Inuit, including studies on determinants of health.
• Community-based research.
• Articles by Inuit post-secondary students.
• Promising practices and models in addressing Inuit research ethics, academic-community collaborations and effective knowledge translation.

Community Stories (narrative and/or photo descriptions, 500 – 2,000 words):

• Experiences in collaboration with research projects.
• Best practices in community-researcher relationships.
• Initiatives and programs that have applied research evidence to solving a community problem.

Book Reviews (of a recent publication that contributes important knowledge, maximum 500 words):

• Research methodology, ethics and techniques.
• Guides to community-based research.
• Indigenous and/or Inuit knowledge.

Complete manuscripts suitable for peer review are now due by April 30, 2012. Please refer to the Journal’s submission guidelines. Authors will be notified of their acceptance on or before June 30, 2012 via e-mail to the person designated as the corresponding author or contact for the submission.

For more information, please visit the Journal’s website or contact:

Cathleen Knotsch, Senior Research Officer, or
Mary Ashoona Bergin, Community Liaison Officer,

Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1200
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445

Inuit Studies Conference Session – Abstracts deadline April 15, 2012

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18th Inuit Studies Conference hosted by the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., October 24-28, 2012 – Session title: Reproductive health in the arctic: past, present and future: An interdisciplinary session addressing reproductive and sexual decision making in Arctic communities.
Call for abstracts – deadline April 15, 2012 – For abstract information, etc. please contact: Convenor, Ruth Montgomery‐Andersen, MPH, Ilisimatusarfik‐University of Greenland, Doctoral Student, Nordic School of Public Health. E-mail:
Co‐convenor: Dr. Elizabeth Rink, Montana State University PhD MSW.
Reproductive traditions, the culture of birth and birth setting are an important part of a community’s identity. Reproductive and sexual decisions have an effect on the lives and culture of the people in these communities. This session will present concepts and knowledge of reproductive and sexual health with focus on the Inuit Peoples. The session invites researchers and research communities to present on ethical issues, historical overviews, innovative research projects and
best practices related to reproductive and sexual health. It seeks to present frameworks and case studies as well as project designs, implementation and evaluation of culturally relevant research

News Release

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February 23, 2012-Announcement by Peggy Nash, MP and NDP leadership candidate – The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) welcome the plan announced today by Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale—High Park and NDP leadership candidate. The plan will institute federal support for midwifery in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and expand the role of midwives in maternal and newborn health services at the federal level.

Midwifery needs federal recognition and support: Nash
Regina / 23 February 2012 – Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale—High Park and NDP leadership candidate, released a plan today to bring birth back to rural and remote Aboriginal communities.

“No matter who or where they are, every mother and baby in Canada deserves the best possible maternity care,” said Nash.

“The Harper Conservatives’ failure to recognize and fund midwifery at the federal level has led to routine evacuation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women from reserves and remote communities,” she added.

“Access to quality maternity care close to home not only contributes to maternal and newborn health, it strengthens communities and families.”

Supported by domestic and international research on the essential role of midwives in improving maternal and newborn health, Nash’s plan will remove policy barriers to expanding midwifery services in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities while promoting a much wider role for midwives in research and policy development at the federal level.

“This is one area in which we absolutely can do better,” says Nash. “Aboriginal women and children deserve no less.”


News Article

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Wanted: international health professionals for Nunavut (February 16, 2012): Nunavut needs internationally-trained workers to help fill vacancies in its health care system In a matter of months, a new midwife will begin her new job at Rankin Inlet’s birthing centre. In a territory that boasts the highest birth rate in the country, the newly-filled position will provide some relief to local prenatal care. But Nunavut’s health officials hope that the midwife position will be the first of many internationally-trained workers to help fill vacancies in the territory’s health care system.

Inuit Early Life Health Resources

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From the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health newsletter: The role of Inuit knowledge in the care of children… The  NCCAH has also released a series of fact sheets in English, French and Inuktitut that make significant contributions to an understanding of Inuit worldviews at the heart of Inuit well-being. Inuit knowledge, or Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, is a dynamic and living knowledge system. As series author and educator Shirley Tagalik notes,  it is key not only to a ‘cultural health’ approach to the well-being of Inuit children, families and communities in Canada – but  also to survival of Inuit in a changing contemporary context.

The series looks at:

Inuit Elders from across Nunavut have now documented Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit cultural knowledge and identified a framework for IQ that can be applied in Inuit society.  As a result of this documentation, the report states, “health policies grounded in this knowledge and cultural processes should follow.”


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(Le français suit ci-dessous)
The Canadian Association of Midwives Annual Conference
will be held October 17 to 19, 2012 in St. John’s Newfoundland. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share your knowledge, expertise and research with midwives and other maternity care providers from across Canada! We are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations. How to submit an abstract – Please visit and follow the instructions to submit an abstract online. The deadline to submit is March 30, 2012. Selected speakers will be notified by May 31, 2012. Abstracts may be submitted online only, in English or French in the following categories:

  • Plenary session (30 min)
  • Plenary (60 min)
  • Panel Discussion (60 min)
  • Concurrent session (30 min)
  • Concurrent (60 min)
  • Concurrent (90min)
  • Poster display

The Conference Program Committee will review and select abstracts of interest for oral presentations and poster displays in English and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided during plenary sessions in the main conference room if funding is available. The CAM Conference Program Committee


Le congrès de l’association canadienne des sages-femmes aura lieu du 17 au 19 octobre 2012 à St-Jean Terre-Neuve.

Ne manquez pas cette opportunité exceptionnelle pour partager vos connaissances, votre expertise et votre recherche avec des sages-femmes et des professionnels en soins de la santé maternelle à travers le Canada! Nous acceptons maintenant des résumés pour des présentations orales et des affiches. Comment soumettre un résumé : Veuillez visiter et suivre les instructions pour soumettre un résumé. La date limite pour les soumissions est le 30 mars, 2012. Les résultats de la sélection seront partagés le 31 mai, 2012. Les résumés peuvent être soumis en anglais ou en français dans les catégories suivantes :

  • Session plénière (30 min)
  • Session plénière (60 min)
  • Discussion table ronde (60 min)
  • Session simultanée (30 min)
  • Session simultanée (60 min)
  • Session simultanée (90min)
  • Affiche

Le comité de sélection de la programmation du congrès révisera et sélectionnera les résumés d’intérêts pour les présentations orales et pour les affiches, et ce, en anglais ou en français. La traduction simultanée sera offerte lors des séances plénières si le financement est disponible.

Merci, Le comité de programmation du congrès de l’ACSF

Healthy Weight, Healthy Babies

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By Allison Palkhivala. Many mothers-to-be are aware that being overweight or obese is bad for their health, but they may not know that it can also threaten the health of their unborn child. Research led by Dr. Sarah D. McDonald from McMaster University has shown that overweight and obese women who become pregnant have an increased risk for premature delivery. See p. 9 in the BULLETIN ON EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT – VOLUME 10, NO 1 – DECEMBER 2011 issue for rest of this article.
Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development 2011



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Welcome to the revised look of the Irnisuksiiniq – Inuit Midwifery Network website!

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New Resource: Early Inuit Child Health in Canada: Report 2: Breastfeeding among Inuit in Canada – Reports have been emerging that suggest Inuit have rates of breastfeeding that are lower than other Aboriginal populations in Canada, and lower than the national average(1). This is in contrast to historical reports of early child feeding for Inuit in the Canadian Arctic where it is said that breastfeeding was the traditional way of feeding an infant and continued for a long time relative to general Canadian population. A child would usually be weaned when the mother became pregnant with her next child. On average this was 3 years but it was not uncommon to have children as old as five years still being breastfed(2). The Inuit Children’s Health report(3) based on the Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) of 2001 and the Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action(1) based on the Aboriginal Children’s Survey (ACS) of 2006 both reported breastfeeding initiation for all Inuit children at 66% compared to 80% for the rest of Canada.

Since breastfeeding has the potential of preventing infant mortality, reducing chronic diseases, improving immunity, and strengthening maternal-infant bond, exploration of the factors influencing the breastfeeding practices of Inuit mothers might help inform efforts to increase the rate. This report used questions from the 2006 Aboriginal Children’s Survey (ACS) to analyze the breastfeeding practices and the factors that maybe influencing breastfeeding among Inuit mothers.

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