Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

May 27, 2011 10:00 ET

Naturopathic Medical School Offers Canada's First Naturopathic Midwifery Program

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 27, 2011) - The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is excited to announce our commitment to offer Canada's first naturopathic midwifery program beginning in the fall of 2011.

Chair of Women's and Children's Health at the Boucher Institute, Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink, has begun development of individual certificate courses, which will be applied to the completion of the comprehensive midwifery program when accreditation is achieved.

The first of these certificate courses will be offered in the fall of 2011.

"We are thrilled to be moving forward with this initiative," said Boucher Institute President, Dr. Patricia Wolfe. "Helping women to naturally accomplish childbirth, and supporting them as new mothers to make the best health choices for themselves and their babies, is a profound and effective way to promote wellness extending into the next generation."

The development of this post-graduate program holds to the Boucher Institute's firm commitment to advance naturopathic knowledge and skills. Midwifery is an intrinsically holistic practice, combining an understanding of the physical, emotional, environmental, social and cultural aspects of a woman's reproductive health experience.

According to the Midwives Association of British Columbia, there are now 200 registered midwives in B.C. who deliver 10 per cent of the roughly 40,000 babies born in the province each year.

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