Province provides $28mn to expand midwifery services

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The Ontario government has pledged $28 million to expand midwifery services throughout the province.

The announcement was made Monday in St. Jacobs by Minister of Health Christine Elliott.

Elliott said the funding will support up to 90 new midwifery graduates as they enter the field, increase access to culturally-appropriate midwifery care by expanding Indigenous midwifery programs and help midwives update the technology in their clinics.

Elliott said in a release the additional funding will mean more families “will be able to access quality care from a midwife during pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as six weeks of support once their baby is born.”

Elliott said that the $28 million announcement means the Ontario government provided $178 million for midwifery care in the province this year, which helped 35,000 families. – CINEWS

 

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