Saskatoon: Midwives Deliver 19 Babies
Saskatoon Health Region marked International Day of the Midwife with a celebration of the 19 babies born with the aid of a midwife. The babies were born between February and May to families who chose to use one of four midwives working in the Region.
“The introduction of midwives into the health-care team is an exciting addition. Giving women more choices with safe care improves overall access to services,” says Sheila Achilles, Director, Primary Health for Saskatoon Health Region.
“It is exciting to be able to work with women and their families in this important time of their lives,” says Debbie Mpofu, one of Saskatoon’s four midwives. “International Day of the Midwife is celebrated all over the world and we are proud in Saskatoon to be able to participate this year with a program that allows women to access midwives within the existing health-care system.”
Of the 19 babies born since midwifery became a regulated service in Saskatchewan, seven babies were born at home and 12 were born in the hospital with the midwife present as the primary care provider.
The first baby to be born under the newly regulated and public health-care system was Sophia LeRae Sinclair who is now 3 months old. Her mother Cathy Chicoine speaks highly of a midwife-assisted birth. “The midwifery program is a wonderful step towards restoring the natural balance we have so long been without,” she says. “Midwives are amazing, wonderful, caring women and highly skilled.”
A midwife provides care for a woman during her pregnancy, assists the woman in the delivery of her baby, and provides care for six weeks after the baby is born. A midwife can order tests and procedures and consults with other health professionals as needed.