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Chinook Regional Hospital to offer midwifery services

September 27th, 2019 News Source: Lethbridge News Now

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Starting Oct. 7, full midwifery services will be available at Chinook Regional Hospital.

According to Alberta Health Services, five registered midwives will join the hospital’s maternal health care team. Local women with low-risk pregnancies will have the option to give birth at the hospital with the support of a midwife, or to have the planned home birth as well.

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Chinook Regional Hospital adds midwifery services

September 27th, 2019 News Source: Alberta Health Services

LETHBRIDGE – Full midwifery services will be available at Chinook Regional Hospital starting next month, giving local and area residents increased choice for maternity care.

Starting Oct. 7, five registered midwives will join the hospital’s maternal health care team, giving women with low-risk pregnancies the option of choosing a registered midwife as their care provider for prenatal, birthing and postnatal care.

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Alberta Rural Health Quarterly

April 1st, 2019 News Source: RhPAP Quarterly

A publication of the Rural Health Professions Action Plan. 

Alberta Rural Health Quarterly 2019 Volume 2, issue 3

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Midwifery Services at the Queen Elizabeth II Regional Hospital

January 10th, 2019 News Source: Alberta Health Services

We are pleased to announce that full midwifery services, with Registered Midwives admitting clients, will formally begin at the Queen Elizabeth II Regional Hospital (QEIIRH) on Monday, January 14, 2019.

The AHS Provincial Midwifery Administrative Office, the QEIIRH medical and administrative leadership team and Patricia Lenstra RM, Clinical Midwifery Liaison North Zone have worked collaboratively to establish Registered Midwives working at the site.

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Request for Proposals Inclusion & Equity Review and Plan

January 4th, 2019

Here in Alberta and around the country, there is increasing recognition of the importance of growing intentionally to expand access for those who need our services the most and to advance midwives who are of a racial, ethnic, sexual, gender or religious minority, or have a disability. The Alberta Association of Midwives (AAM) has formed an Inclusion & Equity Committee, and an organizational review by an external party is the first step in this work. We invite proposals from qualified persons or firms interested in entering into a contract to perform consulting services exploring the AAM’s commitment to inclusion and equity.

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Jodine Chase and Dr. Lolly de Jonge to lead the Alberta Association of Midwives

December 20th, 2018 News Source: Calgary

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Association of Midwives (AAM), President Nicole Matheson has announced the appointment of Jodine Chase as Chief Operating Officer and Dr. Lolly de Jonge as Chief Strategy Officer effective December 7, 2018.  

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Enhanced Midwifery Regulations Proclaimed Under the Health Professions Act

December 12th, 2018
Enhanced Midwifery Regulations Proclaimed Under the Health Professions Act

Registered midwives in Alberta will soon be joining 27 other health professions in being regulated by a self-governing college under the Health Professions Act (HPA). The new regulations were proclaimed under the HPA on December 11, 2018 and will take effect on April 1, 2019. This change will impact Alberta’s 126 registered midwives who attend approximately 6% of Alberta’s births each year.

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Midwifery options in Lethbridge to expand in 2019

After concern expressed by families unable to have their babies with a midwife in attendance at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Alberta Health Services says “anticipate midwifery services will be incorporated within CRH’s obstetrics program during the 2019/20 fiscal year.” One family in midwifery care had to drive an hour away to birth at the Cardston hospital.

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Midwifery services coming to Wood Buffalo: Hoffman

October 15th, 2018 News Source: Mix 103.7FM - Jaryn Vecchio
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After years of advocating, families in the Wood Buffalo Region have good news from Minister Sarah Hoffman. She says Alberta Health Services plans to open at least one midwifery practice in the region. Currently, there aren’t any midwives practicing north of Lac La Biche, but Hoffman says “Grande Prairie is moving forward in the fall and then we hope to expand into Fort McMurray and Lethbridge after that, so it’s definitely exciting for the woman who’ve been waiting for this choice in the community.” There will be consultation with local maternity groups and the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to discuss the details, including privileges for midwives at the hospital so women can choose midwifery care for a birth in the hospital, or at home.

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New study finds improved outcomes for vulnerable people, infants at birth

October 4th, 2018 News Source: CBC News - Danny Kerslake

A new study that followed 58,000 vulnerable families found those in the care of a midwife were less likely to birth prematurely and babies were born healthier. Daphne McRae, post-doctoral research fellow at UBC and the lead on the project, said, "across the board, in all outcomes, women were doing better in the care of midwives." McRae says the difference "the amount of trust and the amount of emotional and social support that midwives are able to offer. Midwifery care is a relationship-based model and there is a lot of contact made between practitioners and their patients. Midwives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for their patients. Researchers hope their findings will translate into more access to midwives for low-income women no matter where they live.

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