CUPE Manitoba celebrates the International Day of the Midwife

WINNIPEG – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will join thousands around the world in celebrating the International Day of the Midwife on May 5.

The day will be marked in Manitoba with a rally and picnic on the grounds of the Provincial Legislature in Winnipeg. CUPE Manitoba President Kelly Moist will be speaking at the rally, highlighting the services provided by midwives in across the provinces and around the world.

“There is a growing demand for midwives in Manitoba, but far too many in the province are being turned away,” says Moist. “We must strive to increase funding for Midwife positions, and develop a clear plan for recruiting and retaining these valuable healthcare workers in our province.”

Moist will be joined by student representatives from the University College of the North Midwife program and Geralyn Reimer from Midwives Association of Manitoba.

Manitobans are invited to attend, and encouraged to bring families and friends to show support for midwives in the province. The event begins at noon on May 5, at the Legislative Grounds, Winnipeg, Manitoba.