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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>

Photo Courtesy: WBWBCA Facebook Page

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.