Support for Midwifery in Terrace, BC
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In recent years, there has been an increased demand for midwifery services across British Columbia. Yet, midwifery is still not available in some rural communities, like Terrace, BC.
Our healthcare system is facing a growing shortage of physicians, and fewer family physicians are assisting with births, thus creating a gap in maternity care. As the economy grows and more people move here, the challenges ahead will only increase. Integrating midwifery into our community could help ease the strain on the health care system, provide better access to maternity care, improve health outcomes for families and reduce costs.
Midwifery is a safe, recognized and growing choice for maternity care in BC and around the world. It has been a regulated profession under the Health Professions Act in BC since 1998. Registered midwives are highly trained, university educated health care professionals who are experts in healthy pregnancy and birth. In countries like England, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands the majority of births are attended by midwives with excellent outcomes.
Many families in Terrace travel to Hazelton and Smithers to access midwifery care. One of the many aspects that attracts people to midwifery care is the continuity of care – the ability to see the same care provider throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Central to the midwifery model of care is respecting the right of their clients to make informed decisions by providing evidence-based information in a supportive manner. They also believe it is a person’s right to make an informed choice about the setting for their birth – either at home or in the hospital. It is important that registered midwives hold hospital privileges so they can admit and discharge their clients as needed.
Women should have the right to access the care they feel is best for their pregnancies and births.
What can you do to help?
Write to our local MLA Ellis Ross asking him to advocate for more support of midwifery services in Terrace, BC - ellis.ross.MLA@leg.bc.ca
To learn more about midwifery in BC - https://www.bcmidwives.com
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