Cypress Health Region exploring development of midwifery program
The Cypress Health Region is taking steps to become the first rural health region in Saskatchewan to construct a midwifery program.
During International Midwifery Day on Tuesday, Cypress Health Region Midwifery Coordinator Maud Addai explained the region will be working over the next year to explore setting up a regional midwifery practice in the Southwest.
“Midwifery is becoming, I wouldn’t say a new thing in Canada, but it hasn’t been promoted as far and long as it has been in other parts of the world. Midwives in general are very, very limited here,” Addai explained.
Midwives are health-care professionals with specialized education that allows them to work with pregnant women to provide care and support during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the first six weeks following the baby’s birth.
The province proclaimed The Midwifery Act in March 2007, and there are currently midwifes practicing in both Saskatoon and Fort Qu’Appelle.
Addai is currently meeting with healthcare specialists and community members to explain what midwives do and see how much interest there is towards providing services across the Southwest.
“What we are going to be doing in Swift Current is a feasibility study to find out what the woman wants. What is going to benefit her. What are our weaknesses are and what our strengths are so that we can set up a program that will suit the community.”
She adds that this community input on the midwifery program is one of the keys to their potential success.
“I would like people to give us their views of their perception of our midwifery practise in general and how they want it set up because we need to be working with the health professionals in general. Integration is very, very important for me in collaboration with people giving us the support so that this can be a success.”