Ivy L.

Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Regina Regional Heritage Fair

Midwives of Canada

This project displays the history of midwifery in Canada. It looks at the similarities and differences between past and present-day midwives and shows the importance of midwifery to Canadian history.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

One of the reasons that midwifery was made illegal in Canada was because of the inequality between men and women at the time. Thankfully, people now realise that midwifery is a safe practice and that these women are capable.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The most interesting thing I learned about midwifery was that even though for a period of time it was illegal in Canada, midwifery was still being practised. If these women had not practised midwifery, because there was a lack of doctors or the doctors were too far away, many women and babies would have died.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I cannot really compare my life today to a midwife's because I was not delivered by a midwife and I am not a midwife. However, there are some differences and similarities between past and present midwives. Some examples are where they worked and instruments they used to do their jobs.