Since the Midwifery Act was proclaimed in March of 2008 only three of the 13 regions in the province have developed a program to offer midwifery services.
There are areas in Saskatchewan where the local hospitals are no longer doing deliveries and this requires women and their families to travel to urban centers to deliver their babies. This puts a financial strain on families and can cause over-capacity concerns in urban hospitals.
MAS continues to lobby for increased funding to expand midwifery into more areas of the province. Though even as we press for increased midwifery services we need to understand that throughout Canada demand has already exceeded the supply of midwives. Expansion can only occur as more midwives become available through education or immigration.
Your actions combined with other concerned Saskatchewan residents are important in establishing, maintaining and protecting access to registered midwives for your own family and all the families of Saskatchewan.
Here are a few suggestions you might undertake to show your support:
Tell two people, and have them tell two people and so on. Soon everyone in Saskatchewan will know about midwives!Suggested Letter Example