St. Joseph's General Hospital: Please approve long-term hospital locum privileges for Katie McNiven Gladman
  • Petitioned Jane Murphy

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President & CEO, St. Joseph's General Hospital
Jane Murphy
Executive Assistant to the Board, St. Joseph's General Hospital
Kaylene Simmons

St. Joseph's General Hospital: Please approve long-term hospital locum privileges for Katie McNiven Gladman

    1. Natalie DeGoey
    2. Petition by

      Natalie DeGoey

      Burnaby, Canada

Katie McNiven Gladman is a registered midwife in the Comox Valley. Recently her application for long-term hospital locum privileges at St. Joseph’s General Hospital was rejected based on unclear and subjective allegations of “lack of collegiality”.

We, as supporters of informed choice for women and their families, are writing to urge you to reconsider your decision and grant locum privileges to Ms. McNiven Gladman for several reasons:

1.     A registered midwife should be offered equal access to fair process as is any care provider in the hospital.  The College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) exists to address any serious concerns about practitioners' safe practice.  In the absence of substantiated concerns raised to the College, or repeated documented concerns that are unable to be resolved via appropriate mediation, Registered Midwives should be granted the same consideration as would any other care provider.

2.     New active privileges have not been awarded to a Registered Midwife at St Joseph’s Hospital since 2001, forcing an unsustainable ratio of Registered Midwives to clients in the region.  Sufficient privileges for all types of practitioners are critical in providing clients with access to their choice of care provider.

3.     Your mission as a hospital is to provide “Care with Compassion” and there is no care provider who better embodies this mission than Ms. McNiven Gladman.  To deny her privileges is to deny women access to her compassionate care. The vagueness of the allegations made against Ms. McNiven Gladman lead us to believe this decision is based more on personal politics than on the goal of providing compassionate care to your patients.

The action taken against Ms. McNiven Gladman brings to light many concerns with regard to midwives' autonomy as primary health care providers, clients' access to caregivers of choice, and fair process.  We wish to challenge what we feel is an unfair and non-transparent process, funded by hospital resources and public tax dollars, which serves only to compromise inter-professional collaboration and clear communication which are crucial building blocks to safe and comprehensive choice-based maternity care. 

We feel it is the responsibility of St. Joseph’s General Hospital to provide the community with access to safe and informed care by ensuring that sufficient numbers of Registered Midwives are permitted to practice in your facility along with other types of care providers, and we are requesting that you take immediate action in approving privileges for Katie McNiven Gladman.

For more information or to help Katie out with fundraising to cover legal fees to take this to the Board of Appeals, please visit http://www.katiethemidwife.com

To:
Jane Murphy, President & CEO, St. Joseph's General Hospital
Kaylene Simmons, Executive Assistant to the Board, St. Joseph's General Hospital
We feel it is the responsibility of St. Joseph’s General Hospital to provide the community with access to safe and informed care by ensuring that sufficient numbers of Registered Midwives are permitted to practice in your facility along with other types of care providers, and we are requesting that you take immediate action in approving privileges for Katie McNiven Gladman.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 5 months ago

      Every day we hear about the dangers of cancer, heart disease and AIDS. But how many of us realize that, in much of the world, the act of giving life to a child is still the biggest killer of women of child-bearing age?

      -- Liya Kebede

      * The message of our campaign is "Make every mother and child count". This campaign is not just about health. It is also a powerful call for radical progress in women's rights and the rights of their children. Too often, the health of mothers and children does not count. In too many parts of the world, they are forgotten.

      -- Liya Kebede

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    • shanlee kutzy SURREY, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Katie was so great. i had complications with my birth and i had the best widwife to guide me through

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    • Krista Bratton PORT MOODY, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Katie was my midwife through both pregnancies and I would want her to be with me if I were to be pregnant again. She's professional but also kind, caring and honest. She empowers you with the info you need to make informed decisions and will stand behind whatever you decide. She's extremely knowledgeable and all around wonderful. Please give her locum privileges so she can be there for other women too.

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    • Alexis Jennings COOMBS, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      As having 3 midwife assisted births I believe that a midwife should have equal rights in hospitals

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    • Heather Mckenzie UNION BAY, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Katie is an excellent midwife. I fully support her and hope that this issue can be resolved quickly.

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