VANCOUVER, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Midwives Association of British Columbia
(MABC) today called upon the provincial government to use the services
of midwives to help address the dire shortage of maternity care
providers in Fort Nelson and throughout British Columbia.
"It is critical that women in labour be able to birth their babies in
the communities in which they live. Expectant mothers in our province
shouldn't be forced to drive hundreds of kilometres to receive
maternity services," said Ganga Jolicoeur, Executive Director of MABC.
"Midwives can offer a practical and cost-effective solution to deal
with the growing shortage of maternity care providers, not only in Fort
Nelson, but in all regions of British Columbia."
Increasingly in rural British Columbia, women and in particular
low-income and First Nations women, have no other options but to leave
their community to receive the maternity care they require.
"With the BC Liberals and the NDP selecting new leaders, we call upon
the leadership candidates of both parties to commit their support to
midwifery in British Columbia. Expectant mothers, regardless of whether
they reside in urban or rural BC, deserve locally-based maternal care."
BC Midwives now deliver over 10 per cent of the province's babies each
year and are publicly funded and regulated by the provincial
government. There are currently around 200 practicing midwives
registered in B.C.; there are approximately 720 throughout Canada. In
B.C., clients who choose midwifery have the option of a home or
The MABC educates the public about midwifery care while supporting the growing number of midwives across the province.
Registered Midwives are a funded part of the health care system in BC
and are experts in normal birth. By working in partnership with other
maternity care providers, Midwives can help to reduce costs in the
healthcare system and improve health outcomes.
With extensive training that focuses on pregnancy, birth and the
postpartum for both mom and baby, midwives are a safe and recognized
choice for maternity care in BC , across Canada and around the world.
SOURCE Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC)
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