Stand with us, with midwives, for life.
Standing for life is often a very daunting and a very lonely battle.
As one midwifery student shared:
Some days are so hard…you sit through a class and listen to your professor or your peers defend the importance of abortion access in the province or something along those lines. And then you watch people roll their eyes or sigh impatiently when you try to ask a question or participate in the discussion. I once even heard a classmate behind me mutter, “Oh boy, here we go.”Student Midwife
Even in practicum placements, the pro-abortion bias and consequences of pro-life views can feel stifling. The same student reported:
I remember reviewing an informed choice discussion about genetic screening with my preceptor. This is a very important topic that we discuss with clients at the beginning of midwifery care, as many parents will use the results to decide whether to continue the pregnancy or request abortion. Halfway through my preceptor stopped me and said, “Don’t refer to ‘the baby’; just say ‘the fetus’ or ‘the pregnancy’. They’re more neutral terms…less persuasive and emotional. We don’t want to influence her choice.”
I remember feeling stunned. I wanted to say something, but had no idea what or even how. My preceptor is one of the most powerful people involved in the decision of whether I pass or fail my practicum. It’s terrifying, really.Student Midwife
A midwife currently in practice also shared:
There just seems to be no understanding (or empathy) from my midwifery colleagues about my views and conscientious objection. I try to explain why I cannot support [abortion], but they just keep saying that “you shouldn’t judge”. For the past week my feelings have ranged from sadness to anger to anxiety to helplessness, hopelessness and anywhere in between…I just feel so alone and misunderstood.Registered Midwife
We know there is a need; a need for a place where pro-life midwives and students can feel safe to ask questions and voice their views. A place to feel supported, rather than marginalized. A place that can support them and equip them to provide care in line with their moral convictions.
Canadian Midwives for Life is that place. As a not-for-profit organization, we are a supportive online community that is currently in the process of:
- Developing educational resources and training programs to help midwives and students gain confidence in working with clients and other healthcare professionals through all pregnancy options
- Providing access for members to guidance and emotional support during challenging and complex situations during their career and/or schooling
We ask you to consider a one-time or monthly donation. We rely on your generous support to gain traction and the capacity to develop these resources for our members. We thank you for your support and for standing with us, with midwives, for life.
Please note that Canadian Midwives for Life is a not-for-profit organization but is not a registered charity and therefore cannot issue tax receipts.