Midwives are a trusted name in Canada, with the midwives’ group of more than 80,000 members having been involved in more than 3,000 births over the last three decades.
They are well known for their dedication to caring for their patients and their compassion.
But what about their midwives keychain?
Midwives say that is just not something they want to be associated with, particularly after recent allegations of abuse against a midwives group leader, Deborah Leff.
“It’s just not what we do, and we don’t want to associate with them at all,” said Ruth Clements, a midwestern midwife who runs a mid-wifing school.
“We’re very passionate about caring for our patients.
But the reality is, you’re going to have to look at your options and you’re not going to be able to get a midwoman keychain.”
In the United States, there is a similar backlash against the association with the word midwife after a similar allegation was made against the group.
But some midwives say the association has been successful.
“If you have a midnurse on your hand, it’s a pretty good symbol, but if you don’t, it could be a little problematic,” said Laura Leff, a member of the Midwives of the World Canadian Association.
Midwives have had their own problems in the past, but it seems like the association is taking action now. “
That’s the biggest issue here.”
Midwives have had their own problems in the past, but it seems like the association is taking action now.
“As soon as we’re aware of the allegation, we have a very serious review of our board of directors,” said Leff in an email to CBC News.
“Any issues we may have, we’ll look at that and then we’ll see how it goes.”
Midwifers group spokesperson Sarah McAllister said the association will be taking a more “hands-on” approach.
“The issue of the association’s association with midwife keychains, and the association in general, has been raised several times by members,” McAllisters said in an emailed statement.
“Our Board of Directors will now be reviewing how the association can best ensure it is in compliance with the Association’s Code of Conduct.”
This includes having more information about what the association says is a breach of trust, McAllists said.
“Given that we’ve had to take action on previous issues, it seems appropriate to take a more hands-on approach to ensure we are in compliance.”
While the association does not have any policies to enforce against people who disrespect midwives or abuse their role, there are rules in place to deal with it.
The Association’s code of conduct states: “You are not allowed to disrespect or intimidate a midperson.”
If you see a mid person who is not respecting their role and their duty to protect their patients, you may report them to the authorities.
“Midwives are not just midwives,” said Clements.
“They’re also midwomen.”
Clements added that the association expects people to respect midwives by respecting their roles and duties.
“You have to be respectful of your patients and the way you’re doing your job,” she said.
This is one of the things the association said in its statement.
If you have questions about this story or other midwimery topics, you can reach out to midwives at [email protected]
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