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Hutton receives honorary degree from alma mater

Published: June 6, 2016
Eileen Hutton giving convocation address at Queen's University
Professor Eileen Hutton, assistant dean of midwifery, wears traditional midwifery red shoes as she gives the convocation address at Queen's University. — Photo credit: Queen's University

McMaster professor Eileen Hutton received an honorary degree in science at Queen's University today for her pioneering work in the recognition and growth of midwifery in Canada and beyond.

Hutton is the assistant dean of McMaster's midwifery program and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She is also a graduate of Queen's for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

In her convocation address she said her experience at Queen's "gave me a strong foundation and well prepared me to deal with challenge."

Hutton has an active research program in midwifery, and she has received many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Association of Ontario Midwives and the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was also the first midwife to hold a professorship in the Netherlands, where she helped created the midwifery education program.


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