The McMaster Midwifery Education Program is committed to scholarly inquiry and emphasizes the lifelong ability to learn and grow as individuals and as an organization. Our approach assures the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and values needed to begin and continue to practice midwifery. We foster inclusive and critical thinking in the academic setting that extends into the practice setting and forms the basis for sound professional practice.
In the McMaster Midwifery Education Program, clinically active midwives teach the professional practice of midwifery. Our extensive community of midwifery educators and high-quality distance education allows clinical placements with midwives across a wide geographic area. Our program fosters partnerships between midwives and obstetricians, nurses and other health care providers through an effective program of interprofessional education.
The McMaster Midwifery Education Program is committed to developing and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in every facet of our program. We see our role in education and in the midwifery profession as part of a broader commitment to social justice. We affirm our responsibility to foster an anti-oppressive environment, not only within our education program, but also within the wider midwifery community.
We are committed to creating an open and respectful environment which supports all to learn about intersectional identities and the structures that perpetuate inequity. We aim to graduate midwives who will practice midwifery in a humble and reflexive manner and embody a culture of practice that centres people who have been and continue to be systemically excluded by healthcare systems.
The McMaster Midwifery Education Program will be a leader in challenging institutional norms and redefining midwifery in Canada by building inclusive spaces for students, faculty, staff, and community supporters who have been systemically excluded. We will be internationally recognised for excellence in teaching, collaborative learning, research, and leadership.
The McMaster Midwifery Education Program recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations. We are within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement between the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee nations. This land is directly adjacent to the Haldimand Treaty territory promised to the Haudenosaunee in 1784.
Acknowledging the land on which we teach and learn midwifery is important, as midwifery has a long history within the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island. The Midwifery Education Program curriculum seeks to provide students with knowledge and skills to actively contribute to reconciliation and provide culturally safe care.