Open Doors: RU MEP hosts midwives of the world
The Ryerson Midwifery Education Program (MEP) helped to host midwives from around the world last week. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) meetings were held last week in Toronto and some 4200 midwives attended. The MEP Open Doors events allowed international midwives an opportunity to learn about our program and connect with both faculty and students. We hosted a breakfast at the Toronto Convention Centre on Tuesday and on Wednesday we held an open house for around 200 international guests. Midwives attending the open house were provided with an overview of the program by director Nicole Bennett and then had the opportunity to view MEP teaching tools, many of which were designed by Vicki Van Wagner. They also had the opportunity to learn more about some of our unique courses including Aboriginal Childbearing and Working Across Difference, and to view posters and articles from faculty research. We all appreciated the opportunity both to showcase our own school and to learn from guests about how midwifery education is structured in their schools. MEP students also played a significant role as ICM hosts. They organized both a social gathering for students attending the conference and an open mic night. In addition to these activities, faculty and staff organized two events which were open not only to the ICM delegates but to the general public as well. Nadya Burton curated an exhibit of art entitled: Birth and Its Meanings which brought together art related to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting and on Thursday we closed out our ICM events by hosting an amazing reading of the play Tempting Providence by the author Robert Chafe and a core group of actors.
These events were supported financially by many departments at Ryerson including: Faculty of Community Services, the Provost and VP Academic, the President’s Office, OVPRI and the Midwifery Education Program.
A big thank you goes out to all the faculty, staff and students who helped with planning, set up and delivery of the different Open Doors events with a special shout out to Mary Sharpe, Nadya Burton and Judy Rogers in Midwifery, and Alison Finney from FSC, all of whom who went above and beyond to make the week such a phenomenal success!