Find an Indigenous Midwife
Across Ontario, close to 30 Aboriginal midwives are engaged in the profound work of returning birth to their people. Some are working as registered midwives, others practice as Aboriginal midwives. All of these passionate and committed midwives are transforming maternal and child health by providing culturally appropriate care to their people and reviving Indigenous knowledge.
When it comes to providing primary care for new parents and babies on their territories, Aboriginal midwives face unique challenges. While the province’s Midwifery Act acknowledges their right to practice autonomously in their communities, it is only recently that Aboriginal midwives have been able to access the same funding streams as registered midwives. Alongside the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), we continue to advocate for changes to the health-care system that will eliminate barriers to practice and ensure that more Indigenous babies are born on their own land, with their births attended by Aboriginal midwives.
This advocacy work has resulted in the Ministry of Health supporting Aboriginal midwifery and culturally appropriate care by providing funding for Indigenous Midwifery care in the following communities:
- Dilico Family Health Team Clinic in Fort William First Nation – Dilico Family Health Team
- K’Tigaaning Midwives in Nipissing First Nation - K'Tigaaning Midwives
- Kenhté:ke Midwives in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory - Kenhté:ke Midwives
- Onkwehon:we Midwives in Akwesasne – Onkwehone:we Midwives Collective
- Shkagamik-Kwe Aboriginal Health Access Centre in Sudbury - Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre
- Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre in London – SOAHAC
- North Channel Indigenous Midwifery – Elliot Lake / North Shore North Channel Indigenous Midwifery
- Seventh Generation Midwives in Toronto – Seventh Generation Midwives
Aboriginal midwives have been providing services at Six Nations Maternal and Child Centre since 1996 and are funded through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy. Access information about available services here:
- Six Nations Maternal & Child Centre in Ohsweken - Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahstá 'The Place They Will Be Born'
Neepeeshowan Midwives has been operational since 2012 in the Cree community of Attawapiskat on the James Bay coast. Find out more about their services here:
- Neepeeshowan Midwives in Attawapiskat First Nation - Neepeeshowan Midwives
Along with these investments, the government is also providing development grants to Indigenous communities across the province who are exploring the renewal and restoration of midwifery in their community. Click below to see the location of these practices in Ontario.