No studies on Indigenous Midwifery prompts research team

There are no studies regarding access to, or use of Indigenous Midwifery services despite available data, but the Association of Ontario Midwives wants to change that. Diane Simon, Mi’kmaw midwife, mother, activist and a researcher herself along with a team of Indigenous researchers want to change that. “It’s going to be a slow process, but it’s meaningful. I really feel like Aboriginal midwives if anybody else needs this we are in a good position to do that. If you don’t make changes, nothing is going to change. There’s so much healing that can come from it. We know pregnancy is such an opportune time to intervene to provide supports for families,” she said. Simon presented the study, “Exploring the economic costs of obstetric evacuation and the social-cultural benefits of Indigenous…

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