Did you hear the news? Up to 400 NEW midwife births will be funded by the Alberta Government for this fiscal year...and the following year! So what does it mean for you?
Basically...funding for up to 400 additional births will be handed out to the midwife practices in this 2015/2016 fiscal year.
1. If You are Pregnant and Seeking Midwifery Care, but Haven't Been Accepted...
Make sure you have registered with the Alberta Midwives Association! If you haven't yet, go and do so now! As long as you live in Alberta and are pregnant, you may register. Do so even if there are no midwives currently servicing your area. This information is being used to see where the needs are and will be used in the future as the midwifery practices increase.
Sign up for a complete natural childbirth prenatal class. Look for one with information on nutrition, exercise, pelvic floor health, modern and comprehensive evidence based material and an instructor that has been there and done it.
After you've registered, go to step #3.
2. If You are Planning on a Pregnancy Soon...
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, please register with the Alberta Midwives Association (see above). It's all about the tracking and the new courses of care will be handed out to practices that have availability. Still do step #3.
3. If You are NOT Pregnant but Still Want to Make a Difference...
Join MaternityCare Consumers of Alberta Network (MCAN) and use your voice to continue the work on our maternity system! Check out the listening report from November 2014 that they published after talking to thousands of Albertans. The additional courses of care are a step forward, but there are many more changes to come. Even with the additional 400 births, only 2774 births will be happening with midwives (currently 94 midwives in Alberta)...that only about 29 births per midwife and up to 40 are allowed. Its still a very small fragment of the number of low-risk women that birth in Alberta every year.
I may not of been able to have low risk maternity care from midwives due to having my babies in Fort McMurray, but I will continue to use my voice to ensure that one day women can see the type of care provider they choose no matter where they live!
A huge thank you to all that have been supporting and working in the background to get these changes rolling! Please join the MCAN Facebook group and follow them on Twitter @MCAN_tweets #MCAN #catchmybaby.