Women and their families across the province want access to midwifery care.
Midwives provide high quality, safe, low-cost care for healthy women and their babies. Midwives will support women through pregnancy, labour, birth and six weeks postpartum. They will inform women and help them chose the birth place most suitable for them; whether it be at home, at a hospital or, when available, at a birth centre.
Midwives have been shown to reduce interventions among women with healthy, normal pregnancies. Midwives are an important part of our health care system. They provide 24/7, personalized and individualized care. Introducing registered midwives to New Brunswick would also reduce health care costs to the province.
Currently, there are midwives in almost all Canadian provinces and territories. The rate of satisfaction with women who are cared for by these midwives throughout their pregnancy and birth are much higher than those who chose other services.
Unfortunately, the Government of New Brunswick has recently eliminated the funding the Midwifery Council of New Brunswick. Without this funding, there will be no infrastructure to allow midwives to be registered in New Brunswick.
If you would like to help support midwifery in New Brunswick, you can sign this petition and share it with your friends, families and colleagues. You can also talk about midwifery with people in your community. If you are a resident of New Brunswick, you can write to your local MLA about why you believe midwifery is an important part of our health care system.
Facebook page in support of NB Midwives: https://www.facebook.com/NewBrunswickMidwives
If you would like more information about midwives in Canada you can visit the following links:
New Brunswick eliminates funding to midwives council:
Midwife-led care best for babies and moms, researchers say:
Midwives: Underused and misused assets in Canada:
Canadian Association of Midwives: