Registered and Indigenous Midwives in Canada are primary care providers for pregnancy, birth, approximately 6-8 weeks postpartum and newborns integrated into the Canadian health care system. While midwifery training and competencies are parallel to those for physicians, the Canadian midwifery model focuses on continuity of carer, informed choice, choice of birthplace, and evidenced-based practice while seeking to protect normal pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborns.
Current midwifery education, scope of practice and practice norms regarding immunization vary widely across the country. The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) recently assessed current midwifery practice and midwives and midwifery clients' perspectives and informational needs around immunization.
The first part of this presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities that discussing vaccination through a midwifery informed choice lens presents and the role of midwives in immunization decision-making and service delivery. In addition, it will share some of our assessment findings and the informational materials CAM/NACM have produced in response.
The second part will describe the creation of a stand-alone educational model for midwives developed in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) that can be paired with or complement existing vaccination courses.
"Midwives and Vaccination: Delivering Informed Choice Discussions" is a project coordinated by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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