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'Hallelujah,' says northern Ontario doctor of policy change for Indigenous women giving birth away from home

Dr. Joseph Dooley has been calling for the change since 1992

CBC News Posted: Apr 12, 2017 6:30 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017 6:30 AM ET

Baby in a tikinagan at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

Baby in a tikinagan at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. (slmhc.on.ca)

A Sioux Lookout doctor says he's thrilled Indigenous women travelling away from home to give birth, will now be able to bring a companion for support. 

The federal government says it will now pay for someone to come with women — a policy change for which Joseph Dooley, the head of obstetrics at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, has long advocated.

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