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NWT Midwifery – Rebirth of a Profession

The Northwest Territories (NWT) has a strong tradition of midwifery practice as women gave birth where they lived—on the land, in tents or cabins—as determined by the seasonal rhythms of life. Midwives attended births and provided care for the mother and newborn.  Midwives were known for their maternity care and these valued skills and knowledge were shared between generations.

Community based midwifery care declined as women travelled to larger centres to give birth. In recent years there has been a renewed interest for community birthing and midwifery care. The renewed interest in midwifery services has led to the rebirth and regulation of the profession in the NWT. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is a leader in primary care service delivery and is committed to developing and supporting sustainable midwifery programs in the NWT.

We’re proud of the national recognition the midwives in the community of Fort Smith have received for providing high-quality midwifery care.