Saturday, May 05, 2018, 11:00am
BORN (Birth Options Research Network) — PEI’s Midwifery Advocacy Group is hosting several events leading up to International Day of the Midwife on May 5.
Midwifery is regulated and publicly funded in every province and territory in Canada except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile, the number of working Midwives nationwide is growing every year.
On May 1, BORN launched a short film by Island filmmaker Mille Clarkes. It features island women sharing their birth stories and views on maternal care. On May 2, midwifery supporters will take part in a ‘dance for midwifery’ at 3 pm in the food court at the Confederation Court Mall. This is part of a larger event organized by the Canadian Association of Midwives. The International Day of the Midwife Public Rally takes place at 11 am on May 5 at 175 Richmond Street, Charlottetown. Speakers include the Honourable Robert Mitchell, PEI’s Minister of Health and Wellness; Peter Bevan-Baker, Green Party Leader; Kathleen Casey, Deputy Speaker of the House; and Joyce England, PEI Midwives Association President.
Using the hashtags #thisismystory and #peiformidwives, Island women are invited to share their birth stories and join a growing community of families demanding access to a wider range of maternal care services. BORN hopes that these events will highlight the benefits midwifery will bring to the province and bring awareness to the number of Island families who want this essential service.
BORN (Birth Actions Research Network) supports women's access to birthing choices through regulated midwifery, doula care and family-centered maternity.
Info: FB @bornpeimag, www.thepathwaydoulaservices.com/born