Cy­press Health Re­gion ex­plor­ing de­vel­op­ment of mid­wifery pro­gram

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - Ge­orge Bowditch

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.”

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