Community Maternity Care Groups are working to ask the Minister of Health and Alberta Health Service for more midwifery services in the North Zone.
According to the Wood Buffalo Woman and Baby Care Association, there are currently three midwives practicing in our zone, making up less than three per cent of Alberta.
They are working with Birth Matters for Peace Parents to urge the Minister of Health and Alberta Health Services to provide equal service across the province.
Chair of WBWBCA Jennifer Stephenson tells Mix News more midwives in our region means better-planned pregnancies for healthy mothers in the RMWB.
“So, we hope that by lobbying the government and raising awareness so that women will join us and raise their voices and say ‘hey, where is my midwife?’ – that hopefully the government gets on board and will put more money into midwifery.”
Stephenson says healthy women with healthy pregnancies are needlessly being spent to specialist outside our region.
“Most of our midwives left Alberta due to lack of government funding and that is our biggest problem right now is trying to get our funding to the midwives so that we can have more courses up here and hopefully attract more to the RMWB.”
There are 108 midwives across the province. Stephenson says they would like to see at least 10 midwives here in the RMWB.