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Midwifery Services

Midwifery services in Alberta became publicly funded in 2009. Since that time, the number of midwives in Alberta has grown from 25 registered midwives in 2008 to over 70 today. Midwifery is one of the fastest growing health professions in Alberta.

AHS is committed to patient and family access to midwifery services. In 2012 an understanding was reached between AHS and the Alberta Association of Midwives for midwives to care for patients within AHS facilities. Additionally, agreements were reached between AHS and fifteen midwifery practices. AHS has committed more than $37 million to funding midwifery services over the next three years.

On November 1, 2013, the AHS Midwifery Staff Bylaws and Rules came into effect. Albertans who choose to use the services of a midwife within AHS facilities, deserve safe, quality and consistent care. Our new bylaws and rules enable us to provide those assurances.

What this means for midwives
  • Midwifery services are funded through the “Course of Care” model, which encompasses antepartum care, labour, birth support to women with low-risk pregnancies and postpartum care to women and infants
  • AHS has hired two Midwifery Zone Directors and an Administrative Midwifery Director. These are new positions dedicated to the function and structure of the Midwifery Clinical Department.
  • The development of a Midwifery Executive Committee in 2013-2014 to lead Midwifery Care within AHS
  • AHS’ partnership with the Alberta Association of Midwives and the College of Midwives of Alberta will improve maternity care choices in Alberta

 

What this means for Albertans
  • Albertans can find a midwife through the Alberta Association of Midwives
  • Midwifery services are publicly funded and Albertans can access ‘courses of care’ from a midwife
  • Albertans will see an eight percent increase in the number of funded courses of care from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014. The number of courses of care funded in Alberta has steadily increased.
  • Midwifery services are monitored for safety and quality. This includes incident reporting, patient satisfaction and concerns.
  • There is now a midwifery database to facilitate planning and improve patient access