Gateway Gazette

Government To Fund Up To 400 More Midwife Births This Year

Alberta families will have access to more midwifery services and supports thanks to increased investment from the Alberta government that will fund up to 400 more midwife-supported births this fiscal year.

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“I’m a firm believer in the right health care services delivered in the right place by the right health care professional, and that’s exactly what midwives provide. Continuity of care for women and babies is so important, and we’re proud to provide this additional support for midwifery as a safe option for women in our province.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

Midwifery services are currently funded by Alberta Health Services through a “course of care” model, which is the full complement of care provided to a pregnant woman and includes pre- and post-natal care, labour and birth support.

With up to an additional $1.8 million from the Government of Alberta, the number of publicly supported births by midwives will increase to approximately 2,774 this year.

“Bringing a child into the world is about more than the moment of giving birth. For children to get the best start in life, women need the right supports and more choices.  This announcement will help support midwifery as a maternity care option and enhance the birthing experience for many Alberta families.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

“A growing number of expecting families are seeking the continuous, personalized care that midwives provide. I’m pleased Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services are responding by expanding their partnership with the Alberta Association of Midwives, enabling hundreds of additional women to access our services. Now more expectant mothers have the opportunity to decide what’s best for them – giving birth in a hospital, in a birth centre or at home.”

Nicole Matheseon, President, Alberta Association of Midwives

Alberta has publicly funded midwifery care since 2009. There are currently 94 midwives practicing in the province, an increase of 163 per cent in the past five years.

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