Centenary Medal – Elaine Carty

Elaine Carty (MSN, CNM, DSc (hc) CM, OBC) is Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters in Nursing and Midwifery from Yale University

Her work has been dedicated to innovative health care delivery in women’s health. Over the years her research has focused on the health needs of childbearing women with disabilities, the impact of hospitalization on antenatal and postnatal women and the experiences of midwives as they became part of the British Columbia health care system. She has been a passionate clinician, teacher, researcher, administrator and mentor.

An advocate for the introduction of midwifery into the Canadian health care system, she played a critical part in its development in British Columbia and was the founding Director of the Midwifery Program in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. Since retirement she has been working on the use of humanities in the health sciences, in particular how poetry, fiction and artists representations of pregnancy and birth can inform practice.

Professor Carty has received many major awards for her work including the Killam Teaching Prize from UBC, the BC Health Association’s Legacy Award, Distinguished Alumnae Awards from Yale University and the University of New Brunswick, an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.