The first ever midwifery health expo in complementary alternative medicine has received raving support from health experts.
Senior Community Health Nurse for region one in primary care services, Florestine Lewis, acclaims these alternative care options as ideal especially for those who seek other options.
“We have improved in terms of the competencies that we expect for a midwife so that now the midwife has to be at a Bachelor level whereas before we would get a Certificate as a midwife; and so we would expect because the level is a little bit higher they would have to think of innovative ways to bring the message across. I think it’s a good opportunity for the public to come in and have that sort of education.”
Meanwhile, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Dominica State College, Dennis Edwards, admonished health practitioners to prioritize the needs of their clients.
“Your clients have choices and you have to give them the opportunity to exercise these choices, however it has to be in a controlled way…you have to educate them to make those choices. Your way is not the way, your primary stakeholder, your gold sponsor in the relationship between a caregiver and the client is the client…,” she said.
Organizers of the event are calling on students, pregnant women and all those looking for health options to embrace alternative health practices offered in Dominica.