McMaster University

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Midwifery program expanded to serve need

Published: August 22, 2007
Eileen Hutton

More students will be taken into midwifery education programs across Ontario in response to the need for obstetric services, George Smitherman, minister of health and long term care said today.

Eileen Hutton, assistant dean of the midwifery program at McMaster University, welcomes the increase in student enrolment, pointing out that there is a critical shortage of primary obstetric care providers in Ontario and in Canada and that midwives are well prepared to fill this gap.

"Currently, midwives must turn away 40% of women who come to them," she said. "We’re glad to increase our programs as our midwifery graduates are world-class."

Eileen Hutton is also the director of the provincial midwifery program which includes McMaster University, Ryerson University and Laurentian University.

Currently each university has 20 students entering first year of the four-year program. The announcement will increase McMaster’s enrolment to 27 a year, Ryerson’s to 27 and Laurentian’s to 26.


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