Thursday, February 19, 2009

Midwifery Care in Canada

Mazely writes about A Midwife Crisis: Maternity Care in Canada:
The practice of midwifery in Canada is regulated by provincial and territorial authorities. Midwives can only legally practice their profession if they are registered with these authorities, but only seven provinces and territories have regulatory systems in place. This means that midwifery is essentially illegal in the rest of Canada. Further compounding the problem is the fact that even where midwifery is legal, it isn’t always funded or covered by health care. A two-tier system of care has been established, where the standard of maternal care changes depending on your geographic location. Midwives are only available to some women, in some parts of the country, and only some of those women can afford their services.
In addition to giving a brief history of midwifery in Canada, Mazley links to the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium's chart of the legal status of midwives in Canadian territories and provinces.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well, there are actually only 10 provinces in canada (and 3 territories), and the provinces that dont regulate midwifery are very small provinces, like PEI. and actually all of them are currently working on regulating midwifery:

just saying... it isnt as bad as it is in the states!