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Midwives and Vaccination: Delivering Informed Choice Discussions
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.

(en anglais seulement)

Mar 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jasmine Chatelain
Registered Midwife
Jasmine Chatelain is a Registered Midwife who has primarily practised in the Ottawa area. She has also participated in several participatory action research and clinical knowledge translation projects, the most recent of which was a joint Canadian Association of Midwives and National Aboriginal Council of Midwives project, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, to assess current midwifery scope and practice around immunization and midwifery and midwifery client needs for informational materials regarding immunization. She is currently the Director of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (Quebec)'s Midwifery Education Program in addition to working with a CAM/NACM/UBC CPD team to develop an online educational module around immunization geared toward midwives.
Wendy Pringle
Postdoctoral Research Fellow @Vaccine Evaluation Center, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
I study health and communication practices in the context of society and culture. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Vaccine Evaluation Center at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, I am currently focused on vaccine communication in healthcare settings. I work with Dr. Julie Bettinger and the Canadian Immunization Research Network to better understand how perinatal healthcare providers discuss vaccines with patients. More broadly, my current projects focus on vaccine confidence and decision making and paths for improving pandemic response policy.