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.