The National Aboriginal Health Organization is Celebrating Birth



    OTTAWA, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Aboriginal Health
Organization (NAHO) is hosting a special event to celebrate the rebirth of
First Nations, Inuit and Métis traditional approaches to child and maternal
care. At this event NAHO will announce its acceptance to be the new home for
the "Canadian and American Traditional Midwives Blanket" and launch a
selection of NAHO's new midwifery, child and maternal health resources.
    "Today, on Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day, NAHO is
celebrating birth" says Dr. Paulette Tremblay, CEO of NAHO. "By announcing and
promoting the importance of First Nations, Inuit and Métis traditional
approaches to child and maternal care, NAHO is recognizing the work of the
Aboriginal midwives who give life to traditional practices and pass on their
invaluable knowledge."
    In May 2008, at the Invitational Gathering on Indigenous Birthing and
Midwifery held in Washington, DC, hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum
of the American Indian, Martha Greig, a traditional midwife and Inuit Elder
accepted this blanket on behalf of all traditional Canadian and American
traditional midwives. Health Canada invited NAHO to house and display this
important symbol of traditional Indigenous birthing practices. NAHO is
honoured to showcase the "Canadian and American Traditional Midwives Blanket"
in the reception area for all to see. It is a reminder that this is one way
Aboriginal Peoples can bring new life to traditional practices which celebrate
the gift of birth surrounded by families within their home communities.

    The event will be held in Ottawa on Thursday February 12, 2008 from 2:00
p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Penthouse (17th floor) at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
at 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

    The National Aboriginal Health Organization is a national, non-profit,
Aboriginal-designed and -controlled body that works to influence and advance
the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples through knowledge-based
strategies.




For further information:

For further information: Colleen Patterson, Communications Officer,
(613) 237-9462 ext. 559, Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445 ext. 559, Cell: (613)
863-9001, cpatterson@naho.ca; www.naho.ca

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