NL moving forward with midwifery
ST. JOHN’S, NL — The province has announced that the government is moving forward with plans to incorporate midwives into the province, with the formal registration of Gisela Becker as a registered midwife.
Becker is to work as a consultant with the provincial government, leading a team that will introduce midwife services across the province.
“Over the next twelve months, Ms. Becker will work with the four regional health authorities, as well as the Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador, the College of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the council to set up these services,” The province said in a news release. “The first area of focus will be in central Newfoundland.”
Becker is not expected to actively practice midwife, but by registering with the body responsible for professional standards, quality assurance and discipline of health professionals, Becker becomes the first registered midwife under the Health Professionals Act.
Becker was educated as a midwife in Germany in 1986 before moving to Canada in 1995 and practicing in Nunavut, Alberta, Quebec and the Northwest Territories.
“Midwives provide primary care and make important contributions to collaborative maternity care,” Becker said in the government news release. “I am pleased to help make this service available to women and families in Newfoundland and Labrador.”