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Manitoba launches First Nation midwife program

The province of Manitoba has announced a $1.6 million (Canadian) program to train more Natives as midwives.

The program is aimed at rural First Nations where expectant mothers have to travel long distances to give birth. But with more widwives, the mothers will be able to give birth at home.

The four-year degree program at the University College of the North will train midwives in Native and Western birthing methods.

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More midwives for northern communities (CBC 12/13)