NL mov­ing for­ward with mid­wifery

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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.”

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