TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario midwives are urging the Liberal
government to look at ways of promoting normal birth in order to bring
down the caesarean section rate in the province. On January 21, Don
Drummond, Chair of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public
Services, stated in an interview with the Toronto Star that c-section
rates in the province are "off the charts" at 28% for 2009-10. Midwives
in Ontario have excellent clinical outcomes, very high client
satisfaction rates, and a caesarean-section rate of 15%.
"The healthiest birth for the majority of women is a normal, vaginal
birth. The rate of c-sections for women in midwifery care is half the
provincial average," says Katrina Kilroy, the President of the
Association of Ontario Midwives. "Fifteen per cent is in line with the
World Health Organization's recommendations."
Ontario midwives urge the Liberals to support normal birth as the means
to lower the c-section rate. "Midwives have a proven record of low
c-section rates and excellent outcomes for mothers and babies," says
Kilroy. "Investment in normal birth, including properly supporting
midwives in practice, the growth of midwifery and the establishment of
midwifery-led birth centers in the province, would lead to significant
cost savings in the future."
Midwives in the province are currently campaigning to see midwifery-led
birth centres established in Ontario. According to the AOM, birth
centres in the province would lead to reductions in health care
spending costs, by keeping healthy women out of hospital and promoting
births with fewer interventions. The campaign has the support of
Ontario families, and to date, over 6,500 Ontarians have sent Premier
Dalton McGuinty e-postcards advocating for birth centres.
About Midwifery in Ontario
There are more than 550 registered midwives in Ontario, serving
communities in 90 clinics across the province. Midwives have privileges
at most Ontario hospitals. Since midwifery became a regulated health
profession in 1994, almost 130,000 babies have been born under
midwifery care, including more than almost 30,000 births at home.
A midwife is a registered health care professional who provides primary
care to women with low-risk pregnancies. Midwives provide care
throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and provide care to both mother
and baby during the first six weeks following the birth.
The Association of Ontario Midwives is the professional organization
representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Ontario.
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