The Making of a Medical Iconoclast


About  this Murray Enkin Biography Project

MURRAY W. ENKIN, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, LLD, DSc. OC, has, over the years, been a rural family doctor in Canada, an internationally known obstetrician, and a leading childbirth reformer and health care researcher. He has made major contributions to family centred maternity care, to debates on evidence-based medicine, and to the promotion of midwifery and support for eHealth innovation.

The Enkin Biography project aims to use a critical account of Murray Enkin’s life story to examine such important developments in maternity care as the rise of the consumer birth movement, controversies within obstetrics, and the professionalisation of midwifery. Oral history interviews with family members and colleagues and extensive archival sources allow us to document the personal and academic roles Murray has played as a critical thinker, clinician, medical educator and childbirth reformer.

The biography aims to reach a range of readers, not only health professionals but anyone interested in efforts to humanize healthcare, especially in the critical field of childbirth. It is also a family story: Murray’s childhood in a Jewish family in interwar Toronto, his marriage to Eleanor and raising their four children have been central to his life. Eleanor has also shared his passion and efforts to make birth genuinely family-centered.

Although the biography project is independent, it is being undertaken with Murray and Eleanor’s full support. Initial financial support has been provided by Lynn Johnston and further contributions will be much appreciated.