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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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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
<p>Photo Courtesy: WBWBCA Facebook Page</p>

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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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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