Midwifery Task Force
Organization profile published 1980

Publisher:  The Midwifery Task Force,, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published:  1980
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2096

Connexions has published multiple abstracts on the Midwifery Task Force.

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This abstract was published in Connexions Digest in 1980:

The stated purpose of the Midwifery Task Force are:

- to support the physical and emotional well-being of mothers and families in British Columbia by encouraging improvements in health resources available throughout the childbearing cycle.
- To support the self-care abilities of mothers by planning health resources which respect a woman's freedom and responsibility to exercise choice in the conditions of her birth.
- To develop options in health care during the childbearing cycle which are safe, fully supported by the health care system, and responsive to the needs of individual families.
- To enhance the safety and flexibility of normal birth by advocating an excellent standard of skill for all birth attendants. The develop criteria for the education and licensure of such attendants.
- To promote the concept of "midwife" in B.C. to develop appropriate roles, functions and standards for this occupation.
- To explore the financial, social and political implications of introducing the "midwife" to the health care system.
- To review and disseminate international data related to the above clauses.
- To assist and carry on educational activities related to the society's purposes. To print, publish and distribute published materials related to the society's goals.
- To facilitate effective communication among parents and professionals in planning quality health resources for the childbearing cycle.

Every person who supports the above purposes is welcome to participate in the task force and receive minutes. Membership fees are $10/year.

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This abstract regarding ISSUE, the Midwifery Task Force's newsletter, was published in Connexions Digest in 1984:

ISSUE is the newsletter of the Midwifery Task Force, which is an "interdisciplinary group dedicated to working toward the legal recognition of midwifery in Ontario." The first ISSUE contains reports from the various regions of Canada regarding the status of midwifery, reviews of books and Judy Chicago's Birth Project and various news pieces and announcements. One of the groups described is Choice in Childbirth (C in C), and organization which "supports the right of all parents to determine the circumstances in which birth takes place." Its members believe that their basic rights about birth issues are being infringed upon, and that choices are being taken from their hands. The group "believes that parents must retain the basic right and responsibility to make decisions about their lives and health. As concerned health-care consumers, parents involved with C in C wish to see the current trends toward increased medical control reversed."

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