Press Releases

May 5th - International Day of the Midwife 

All Canadian women deserve equal access to midwifery services 

May 3, 2013

Montréal, May 3rd, 2013 - On May 5th 2013, International Day of the Midwife, the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), are calling on Canadians to voice their concern about the health disparities and inequalities faced by many women living in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities across the country.

On this important day for midwives across the world, CAM and NACM are voicing concerns about the need for greater access to midwifery services for all Canadian women living in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities. A recent UNICEF report (April 2013), which found that Canada ranked 22nd out of 29 developed countries for infant mortality rates, with higher rates among Aboriginal communities, comes as an additional argument towards the need for actions to be taken.

“In 2013, it is unacceptable that infant mortality is 2 to 4 times greater in Aboriginal communities than non- Aboriginal communities.” says Ms Nathalie Pambrun, co-Chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM). “Aboriginal midwives play an important role in returning birth back to rural and remote communities and improving maternal and newborn health outcomes.” concluded Ms. Pambrun.

“We need to work with the federal government to provide support for direct midwifery services on federal jurisdictions such as on reserves.” says Mrs. Joanna Nemrava, President of the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). “Midwives provide a safe, effective and low-cost solution to all Canadian women and are well positioned to address the specific challenges still faced by women in rural, remote and particularly Aboriginal communities across Canada.”

CAM and NACM are hoping to partner with the federal government to address these important health issues and ensure that all Canadian women, including those living in reserves and other federal jurisdictions get equal access to midwifery services.

Important Facts

  • Midwives are primary health care providers who work as part of the health care system in most provinces and territories. They provide care to women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Evidence from around the world demonstrates that midwives are essential to improving the lives of mothers and babies. However, only 2% to 5% of women in Canada receive midwifery care services.
  • Women in remote areas often must leave their community for weeks before birth. The disruption of social networks at this important time is detrimental to the health of women, their families and their communities. Midwifery care is a safe and cost effective solution that can be applied in rural and remote regions to bring birth as close to home as possible.

About Midwifery in Canada

There are just over 1100 registered midwives in Canada. The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories.

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) exists to promote excellence in reproductive health care for Inuit, First Nations, and Métis women. NACM advocate’s for the restoration of midwifery education, the provision of midwifery services, and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

For more information about NACM, visit our website at www.aboriginalmidwives.ca For more information about CAM, visit our website at www.canadianmidwives.org

View the PDF here  - CAM May 2013 Press Release

 

Court orders unregistered midwife to stop practicing

Expectant mothers reminded to check credentials before engaging midwives

May 19, 2011

Edmonton… A woman offering midwifery services in the Edmonton area has been prohibited from practicing and presenting herself as a qualified practitioner. The Alberta government reminds expectant mothers to make sure anyone offering midwifery services has the authority to practice.

On April 14, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued a court order against Gerilinde Lehner. The order specifically prohibits Lehner from managing labour or delivering a baby; performing any service set out in section 8 of the Midwifery Regulation; and from describing herself as a midwife or using any name, title, description or abbreviation so as to express or imply that she is a registered midwife or someone who may perform midwifery services.

Lehner does not hold a license in Alberta as a registered midwife.

In Alberta, managing labour or delivering a baby is a restricted activity under Schedule 7.1 of the Government Organization Act and only those persons authorized by legislation may perform this activity. The only persons in Alberta currently authorized to manage labour or deliver a baby are regulated members of the following professions: physicians, registered midwives, registered nurses, and paramedics in emergency situations.

Managing labour and delivering a baby is designated a restricted activity because it carries with it a risk of harm. As a result, it is an activity that can only be performed by qualified and authorized health practitioners.

Anyone wishing to have a midwife attended birth is encouraged to go to the Alberta Health and Wellness website for a list of currently registered midwives and call the Registrar for Midwives in Alberta to confirm the currency of an individual midwife’s registration. A list of currently registered midwives can be found at www.health.alberta.ca/services/midwifery.html and the Registrar for Midwives can be reached at 780-422-2733.

 

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Alberta Health and Wellness
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