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Midwifery founder awarded Order of Canada

Published: January 2, 2013
Murray Enkin
Murray Enkin, a professor emeritus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

Murray Enkin, a professor emeritus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, is being made a member of the Order of Canada for "his contributions to maternal care and the development of midwifery as a recognized profession in Canada."

The announcement of the awarding of Canada’s highest civilian honour was made earlier this week by Governor General David Johnston.

"From McMaster Dr. Enkin introduced welcome patient-centred changes for mothers and their babies which have improved their care for more than 40 years, and he led our University to establish Canada's first midwifery program," said Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

"We're glad to see his innovation and excellence recognized with the Order of Canada."

Enkin, who graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1947, joined the medical school after its founding, and became renowned for his focus on the patient perspective in medical practice, especially in family-centred maternity.

Congratulated on his Order of Canada this week, Enkin said a lot of the credit goes to McMaster. He said he chose to practice in Hamilton precisely because it was close to a big city but it didn’t have a medical school "because I was tired of academia. Then the medical school started, and it was so innovative and exciting, I had to jump right in."

The professor emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics now lives in Victoria, B.C. Among his other awards are an honorary degree from McMaster and induction in the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Community of Distinction.

His medal will be presented in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa at a later date.

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