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Midwifery is a growing presence in Alberta, but barriers remain, association says

Midwifery is a growing presence in Alberta, but barriers remain, association says

The Alberta Association of Midwives says while midwifery has been funded in Alberta for almost a decade and the number of midwives is growing fast, they still can’t keep up with demand. The association held its first-ever conference on the Tsuut’ina First Nation, another milestone marking the rapid growth of the profession in Alberta. Association president Nicole Matheson, who practices in Rocky Mountain House, spoke from the AAM’s new office, a big step up from where things were when she joined the board in 2012, when there was no staff, no office, and boxes of records in people’s basements.

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What are your thoughts on midwifery care in Alberta?

September 19th, 2018 News Source: CBC Radio Alberta

Alberta@Noon, Host Judy Aldous, Guest Alberta Association of Midwives President Nicole Matheson
Listen in as Judy Aldous and Nicole Matheson field questions on the state of midwifery in Ablerta.
 

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Midwives now have hospital privileges in Medicine Hat, Brooks

There are new midwives in the medicine Hat Region. Carissa Murry joined the Medicine Hat Midwives Team, and a sister clinic, Prairie Rose Midwifery is opening in Brooks with Cherry Maclagan. They join midwife Terrie Shaw in providing coverage in the region. Hospital privileges have been in place in Medicine Hat since January 2017, and have been extended to the Brooks hospital as well, giving women the option to birth at home or in the hospital with a midwife in attendance. Shaw says about half her clients choose a home birth, and on a personal level she says home births are her favourite: “I love the atmosphere - a spiritual experience.”

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Researcher receives funds for midwifery waitlist project

Tiffany Boulton, a University of Lethbridge researcher, has received funds from the Parkland Institute to explore the impacts of lack of access to midwifery care. She will interview midwives on the length of their wait lists, who they serve, who they see as underserved, and the challenges faced by midwives, as well as an analysis of local, regional and provincial policy.

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ALBERTA MIDWIFERY MATTERS CONFERENCE

August 7th, 2018

ALBERTA MIDWIFERY MATTERS CONFERENCE

For Immediate Release | August 7, 2018

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August 1st, 2018

We are currently experiencing difficulty with our province-wide Client Management System. Users (clients and administrators) do not currently have access and the CMS is not reliably accepting registrations from potential clients. As a result, the site has been taken down temporarily and those accessing the site will see a notice to this effect.

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Ontario gets first in-hospital midwifery unit

<p>Alongside Midwifery Unit, the first in Canada at Markham-Stouffville Hospital.</p>

<p>MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE HOSPITAL</p>

The Markham Stouffville Hospital in Ontario has opened up a Midwifery Unit, “a midwife-run and operated space that administrators say is the first of its kind in Canada. It is the latest step toward the advancement of midwifery in the country as an autonomous profession.” Ontario and Alberta were the first provinces to legally recognize midwifery in 1994, but access to birth centres is still limited, with long wait lists, and some women wish to, or need to deliver at a hospital but still want a midwife at their birth. Midwife Carol Cameron, says some hospitals still limit the number of midwives that can use their facilties. “It’s time that we did this on our own and cut the strings, if you will,” she said. [Editor’s Note: See this article from 2007 about the midwife-led Shared Care program at the hospital in Stony Plain, Alberta.]

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Bringing Indigenous and rural midwifery back to Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region

April 26th, 2018 News Source: CBC News - David Thurton

Danielle Voyageur of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation joined 14 health care providers along with an Alberta Health Services representative at a day-long workshop in Fort McMurray on midwifery services for rural and Indigenous communities in the region. Evelyn George, with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, says their goal is to “bring birth back” to Indigenous communities by bringing midwifery to the area, and by empowering First Nation Métis and Inuit people to join the profession. The Wood Buffalo Woman and Baby Care Association says the current practice of taking women away from their communities to birth is more likely to produce trauma than empowerment. AHS says it will work with the Wood Buffalo Woman and Baby Care Association to improve midwifery access in Alberta’s North.
 

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AAM Announcement – Interim Chief Executive Officer Appointed

April 3rd, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has unanimously agreed to appoint Pablita Thomas as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2018 based in Calgary and she has graciously accepted the appointment. Lolly de Jonge will remain with us as a Special Advisor to the Board and staff on a part time basis to provide ongoing management services, advice and mentorship. 

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Announcement: Departure of Craig Brown, CEO

March 16th, 2018

 

Nicole Matheson, President of the Alberta Association of Midwives, today announced the departure of Craig Brown as Chief Executive Officer of the AAM effective immediately.

 

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