Why focus on good maternity care? Why talk about the role of midwives and maternity care workers?
Because:
• Every child deserves the best start possible and that begins with good pre-natal care.
• Good maternity care contributes to the health of the whole family because mothers and babies are healthier.
• When pregnant Inuit women and their families are cared for by Inuit maternity care workers and Inuit midwives, their care can be delivered in their own language with more understanding of Inuit culture and values.
• Having Inuit midwives and maternity care workers in the community keeps Inuit traditions of birthing alive!

The goal of the Inuit maternity care TV show, “Nutaraqtaarniq Nunalingnirmiunut Alianaippuq! – Birth, a joyous community event!,” is to share information about Inuit birthing and care, and encourage greater use of and more access to community-based maternity and midwifery care in all Inuit regions.

You will watch a lively discussion with a panel of experts and callers to the show. You will hear about successful maternity care and midwifery programs that are making a difference in Inuit communities.

This episode is the second of a three-part, live, public TV series, "Qanuqtuurniq – Finding the Balance," on Inuit health and wellness issues and solutions led by Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization involving a number of partners. The series was broadcast in May 2009 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network – North and 360North in Alaska, along with a simultaneous webcast. Over 350 people participated in some way in this initiative, which was a communications and outreach project for International Polar Year (Canada).

Inuit language with English captions/subtitles

Broadcast from Iqaluit, Nunavut

Photo: Ed Maruyama

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