Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Expanding What Midwives Can Do, on Top of Funding Increases

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Expanding What Midwives Can Do, on Top of Funding Increases

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Alberta expanding what midwives can do

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EDMONTON - Alberta is expanding what midwives can do.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says midwives who complete additional training will be allowed to do more, including prescribing a broader range of prescription drugs and contraceptives.

They will also be allowed to induce labour and use ultrasounds to determine fetal position.

Hoffman says broadening what midwives can do will give patients easier and faster access to those services.

The changes will bring Alberta in line with many other provinces and territories.

Alberta has also increased funding for midwifery services by $11 million over the last three years, bringing the total to $49 million.

"For families this means women in Alberta will have more access to quality maternity services and these services will be provided closer to home," Hoffman told a news conference Wednesday. …

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