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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 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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ALBERTA MIDWIFERY MATTERS CONFERENCE

August 7th, 2018

ALBERTA MIDWIFERY MATTERS CONFERENCE

For Immediate Release | August 7, 2018

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We`re sorry!

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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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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