Hospi­tal priv­i­leges for mid­wives in Brooks

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Brooks -

As of July 1st Brooks Health Cen­tre has of­fi­cially granted Reg­is­tered Mid­wives hospi­tal priv­i­leges, which now gives women a choice of be­ing able to have a Reg­is­tered Mid­wife care for them at home or in hospi­tal.

Brooks is the third hospi­tal in south­ern Al­berta to grant priv­i­leges to Mid­wives, to­gether with Medicine Hat Regional Hospi­tal and Card­ston. Mid­wifery has been fully funded through Al­berta Health since April 2009, for all Al­ber­tans with health care cov­er­age.

A new mid­wifery prac­tice, Prairie Rose Mid­wifery, is be­ing es­tab­lished in the town of Brooks by Cherry Ma­cLa­gan RM, who will be work­ing with Ter­rie Shaw and Carissa Mur­ray of ‘Mid­wives of Medicine Hat’. To­gether they are happy to be able to ex­tend the area that they al­ready cover around Medicine Hat to in­clude Brooks, Bas­sano, Rose­mary, Duchess, Pa­tri­cia, Til­ley, Rolling Hills, Vaux­hall, En­chant, Scan­dia, Rainier and Bow City.

Cherry Ma­cLa­gan ar­rived in Al­berta in 1989, with the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of RN and Reg­is­tered Mid­wife from the U.K. She be­came a Reg­is­tered Nurse in Al­berta and worked in the Brooks hospi­tal, while work­ing with the Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mid­wives to get Mid­wifery rec­og­nized as a pro­fes­sion.

She spent sev­eral years work­ing from her home in Rolling Hills pro­vid­ing mid­wifery care in the Brooks and sur­round­ing ar­eas and was one of the first Mid­wives to get reg­is­tered back in 1998.

Af­ter a hia­tus from prac­tic­ing as a Mid­wife and work­ing for a num­ber of years in Medicine Hat Regional Hospi­tal as a Reg­is­tered Nurse on Labour and De­liv­ery and in the low risk Fam­ily Medicine Ma­ter­nity Clinic in MHRH, Cherry was ap­proached by two Mid­wives who came to Medicine Hat from On­tario and who en­cour­aged Cherry to re­turn to prac­tice with them.

So at the end of 2016, af­ter com­plet­ing a rig­or­ous re­view process and re­fresh­ing a few skills, Cherry joined the prac­tice of Mid­wives of Medicine Hat (MoMH) with mid­wife Ter­rie Shaw.

There are now three mid­wifery prac­tices in the south­east­ern cor­ner of Al­berta, Mid­wives of Medicine Hat (Ter­rie Shaw, Cherry Ma­cLa­gan and Carissa Mur­ray), Grass­lands Mid­wifery (Erin Giles), and now Prairie Rose Mid­wifery, Brooks. Shaw has worked in Al­berta for many years as both a reg­is­tered nurse and mid­wife and did the bridg­ing mid­wifery pro­gram in On­tario be­fore com­ing back to Al­berta in 2015 and set­ting up MoMH. Carissa Mur­ray, a New Reg­is­trant Mid­wife from the Mount Royal de­gree pro­gram in Cal­gary has just joined the prac­tice as of July 1st.

Cherry will con­tinue to work closely with MoMH, and Ter­rie and Carissa will also be pro­vid­ing back up for Prairie Rose Mid­wifery as well as cov­er­ing some of the clin­ics, so the three mid­wives will con­tinue to work as a team to sup­port women in the area.

Prairie Rose Mid­wifery will cur­rently be based at the walk-in clinic area in Newell As­so­ci­ate Clinic on 4th Street, Brooks, hold­ing clin­ics each Wed­nes­day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Any­one in­ter­ested in ac­cess­ing mid­wifery care can do so by go­ing to ab­mid­wives.ca and fol­low the steps to ‘find a mid­wife’ and choose their prac­tice of pref­er­ence in or­der to get reg­is­tered in the re­gion of their choice.

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Carissa Mur­ray, Cherry Ma­cLa­gan and Ter­rie Shaw will be able to pro­vide mid­wifery ser­vices in Brooks.

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