Expecting families from the area can now deliver their newborns with the support of a midwife at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital.
The hospital has seven midwives available for soon-to-be moms.
"We are thrilled that Fort Saskatchewan has added midwifery to their women’s health program to help more families get this support closer to home," said Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman. "The support midwives provide makes a tremendous difference to new moms and dads and I’m proud we’re investing in a service that helps so many newborns get a good start in life.”
The expansion of midwifery services to communities across the province is at the heart of a new agreement between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Alberta Association of Midwives. The agreement includes a plan to get more midwives caring for families in rural and remote areas.
“I had an amazing experience with my midwife delivery at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital," raved new mom, Lindsay Monson, the first mom to deliver her baby using a midwife at the Fort's hospital. "Our room was nice and bright, the staff was so helpful and the nurse I had was lovely. I think a lot of women from the surrounding community will be excited to learn they can deliver with a midwife closer to home."
Midwives assist moms and dads during low-risk pregnancies as well as after birth. In 2016-2017, 3,174 babies were born with the help of midwives.
'Our families deserve to stay right here at home as they welcome their new family member," added mayor Gale Katchur. "This is a wonderful addition to our health care services in Fort Saskatchewan.”
Since 2015, the government has committed almost $13 million in funding for midwifery care, including a three-year, $11-million investment in Budget 2016. As part of this funding, the government asked AHS and the Alberta Association of Midwives to target growth in underserved communities.