Midwives to support 400 more births
On September 15, 2015, Minister Hoffman announced new funding to support more midwifery services in Alberta.
The new $1.8 million will enable an additional 400 births (courses of care) to be supported by a midwife in our province this fiscal year, thus giving more families the option to choose midwifery for their maternal care. This additional funding will raise the total number of publicly supported births by midwives in Alberta to 2,774 this year.
- Read the news release: Government to fund up to 400 more midwife births this year September 15, 2015
- Midwifery services are publicly funded health services since April 2009.
- Midwives provide safe services for women with low-risk pregnancies.
- Midwifery health care is associated with fewer preterm and low-weight babies.
- More information about midwifery is available on the Alberta Association of Midwives website.
Midwifery regulation in Alberta
- As of January 2013, registered midwives are governed by the College of Alberta Midwives.
- In 1994, midwifery was first designated as a health profession under the Alberta Health Disciplines Act.
- Midwives must follow the standards of practice, which are part of the Midwifery Regulation, developed to ensure the safety of expectant mothers and their babies.
College of Alberta Midwives
The midwifery profession in Alberta is now governed by the College of Alberta Midwives.
For information related to becoming registered as a midwife, a list of registered midwives, or filing a complaint about a midwife, contact the College at 403-474-3999 or mail to 215-1935 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7C8.