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Canada's impending refugee crisis and how midwives can save the day (Article)
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information... (posted December 13, 2017)

Midwives open practice in Salmon Arm (Article)
-- Midwives open practice in Salmon Arm -- New practitioners will deliver babies in home or hospital * TRACY HUGHES * Dec. 11, 2017 3:30 p.m. * NEWS Mothers-to-be... (posted December 13, 2017)

What’s Really Involved in Becoming a Midwife (& How it Differs From a Doctor or a Doula) (Article)
Name: Alixandra Bacon Age: 32 Education: Bachelor of science and bachelor of midwifery from University of British Columbia Current jobs: Registered midwife and co-owner... (posted September 5, 2017)

PRIDE! In Celebration of Two-Spirit and Indigenous Self-Determination (Article)
Happy pride season to everyone and especially to the whole LGBTTIQQA2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Two-Spirit)... (posted August 18, 2017)

How Can Midwives Help Queer and Trans Families Feel Safe? (Article)
Midwifery care is steeped in a cisgender and heteronormative worldview. Traditionally, when a midwife offers support to a pregnant person, she (there are midwives of all gender... (posted June 7, 2017)

Midwifery reached milestone with its 1,000th arrival (Article)
South Delta Midwifery marked a milestone last month with the arrival of its 1,000th baby. (posted April 13, 2017)

Midwives give parents another choice (Article)
We are pleased to see the work of Vernon midwives Sylvia Nicholson and Carrie Sizer showcased in this local Vernon Morning Star article. “Midwifery is getting more known and it is a privilege and an honour for us to be part of that time for families,” said Nicholson, who, like Sizer, considers being a midwife a calling as well as a profession. Article error note: in BC, midwives do not need to be nurses before becoming midwives. (posted February 16, 2017)

CBC Interview with pioneering Kamloops midwife, Joanna Nemrava (Article)
Listen to this interview from CBC radio from November 2, 2016 with pioneering Kamloops midwife, Joanna Nemrava. "Midwives are in partnership with women helping them make better choices for their own healthcare." (posted November 2, 2016)

Island tops when it comes to midwives, report says (Article)
Coverage in the Times Colonist of MABC's Progress Report and the finding that Vancouver Island leads the province with 35% midwife assisted births. (posted October 29, 2016)

Midwife association president busts myths (Article)
Coverage of the MABC's Progress Report in the Squamish Chief. (posted October 29, 2016)

"Midwife-attended home births are a viable option for low-risk mothers" says Craig Mitton, professor, UBC (Article)
Letter to the Editor in the Vancouver Sun (posted October 28, 2016)

B.C. calls the midwife: Province reports highest rate of midwife-assisted births in Canada (Article)
Front page coverage of MABC's Progress Report in the Vancouver Sun. (posted October 28, 2016)

Midwife Assoc. Pres expects growth (Article)
Coverage of MABC's Progress Report in the North Shore News. "Midwives are present at the birth of one in five B.C. babies." (posted October 26, 2016)

News & Announcements (Article)
(posted August 25, 2016)

CBC interview with UBC reasearcher Patti Jansen on home birth @ 2:39:54 (Article)
Have a listen to this interview from CBC radio from February 24th, 2016 featuring UBC researcher, Patti Jansen, discussing home birth. Interview begins at 2:39:54 with this... (posted February 23, 2016)

Home birth with a midwife is no riskier than a hospital birth for low-risk women: study (Article)
Link: http://news.nationalpost.com/health/home-birth-with-midwife-no-riskier-than-hosp... Source: National Post A new study has found that for low-risk pregnancies,... (posted December 23, 2015)

MABC President Alix Bacon - Radio interview AM 1150 Kelowna (Article)
-- Canadian study demonstrating the safety of home birth with registered midwives. -- Link: https://soundcloud.com/am1150/alixandra-bacon-at-home-births (posted December 23, 2015)

Midwives Attuned to Needs of Pregnant Newcomers (Article)
Link: Read full article here: Source: New Canadian Media by Belen Febres-Cordero in Vancouver There has been an increased demand for midwifery in Canada over the... (posted September 14, 2015)

Celebration for Matron Mother of Sooke (Article)
Link: Read article here: Source: Chek News A tearful celebration drew hundreds of families in Sooke today, to honour a woman who’s played a pivotal role in their happy... (posted September 12, 2015)

WATCH: BC to Fund International Midwives (Article)
Link: Watch full coverage here Source: Breakfast Television Vancouver (posted January 15, 2015)

Provincial funding for a new training program at UBC for midwives (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Mingpao Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson announced a provincial funding of $680,000 for a new training program at UBC... (posted January 15, 2015)

The provincial government allocates $680 000 to train international midwives (Article)
Link: Read full article here: Source: Singtao News To help internationally trained midwives gain employment in the province of BC, the provincial government is putting... (posted January 15, 2015)

LISTEN: Internationally trained midwives coming to BC (Article)
Link: Listen to full article here: Source: CKNW, Liza Yuzda The growing number of women using midwives in BC will be getting more options with a new program at UBC. ... (posted January 15, 2015)

Minister announces more money for midwives (Article)
Source: The Globe and Mail Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, back, announces $680,000 in funding in Vancouver on Wednesday for a program at the University of... (posted January 15, 2015)

New program promotes internationally educated midwives (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: The Boundary Sentinel The Province is providing $680,000 for a new program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) that provides... (posted January 14, 2015)

Province Announces Funding to Licence International Midwives (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Kelowna Now: Anita Sthankiya The province has announced a substantial amount of funding for a new program that will help international... (posted January 14, 2015)

Midwives from other countries to practise in B.C.: New UBC program will accept first four international students this spring (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: CBC News B.C. has taken a step toward making it easier to hire a midwife in the province by funding new training for international... (posted January 14, 2015)

BC government to provide funding for internationally educated midwives (Article)
Source: CBC Radio - Meera Bains Clip is unavailable online as it was a live report. Midwives across the province are expected to receive some help today from the BC government.... (posted January 14, 2015)

WATCH: BC government announces funding for program for internationally trained midwives (Article)
Link: See full coverage here Source: Fairchild Television Synopsis of clip: Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson announced at a news conference at UBC a $68... (posted January 14, 2015)

LISTEN: Jan. 14, 2015 - On the Coast (Article)
Link: Listen to coverage here Source: CBC Radio - Stephen Quinn Interview runs from 1:16:10 – 1:23:21 (posted January 14, 2015)

LISTEN: Midwives Make a Deal (Article)
Link: Listen here Source: CKNW - The Jon McComb Show (posted December 24, 2014)

Government delivers agreement with midwives (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Vancouver Observer - Staff Government has reached an agreement with B.C.'s registered midwives that will benefit mothers and their... (posted December 16, 2014)

Midwives in B.C. reach five-year deal (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: The Canadian Press - Staff VICTORIA - After months of negotiations, British Columbia and its registered midwives have reached a five-year... (posted December 16, 2014)

B.C. government reached five-year deal with midwives (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Vancouver Sun - Tiffany Crawford The province says it has reached a deal with registered midwives, five months after more than 2... (posted December 16, 2014)

Registered midwives provide clarity on negotiations (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Fernie Free Press - Shannon Norberg (posted August 14, 2014)

BC Midwives seek health care equity in contract negotiations (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: South Delta Leader - Adrian MacNair Although contract negotiations between B.C.'s teachers and the province have dominated headlines... (posted August 13, 2014)

Midwives Negotiations (Article)
Source: Kimberley Daily Bulletin - Shannon Norberg Recently the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) has received media attention about actions we have taken... (posted August 12, 2014)

Nanaimo midwives struggle to meet demand for birth services (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Nanaimo Bulletin - Tamara Cunningham Expectant mothers are being turned away by Nanaimo midwives, who say they can’t meet demand... (posted August 7, 2014)

Having your baby just got a little harder (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Kelowna Daily Courier - Shannon Linden Before books like What to Expect When You’re Expecting became so popular, a pregnant woman... (posted August 7, 2014)

Opinion: Every mother-to-be needs a midwife Stress is reduced on mothers and babies with midwife care (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Vancouver Sun - Lesley Page I have been a midwife for more than 40 years, having helped establish both the first legally recognized... (posted August 4, 2014)

Midwives struggle to meet demand in New Westminster, Burnaby (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Burnaby Now - Erin Ellis Expectant New Westminster and Burnaby moms aren’t getting the medical care they want, and local midwives... (posted August 1, 2014)

BC registered midwife salary dispute threatened to strike /助产士争调薪 扬言罢工 (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: iask.ca On behalf of 220 registered midwives in British Columbia provincial government has issued a notice of the union, claiming... (posted July 25, 2014)

BC Midwives Take Aim at Christy Clark (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Kelowna Now - Ben Gumienny BC's midwives are calling out Premier Christy Clark and the Ministry of Health.   The Midwives Association... (posted July 24, 2014)

Listen: Midwives withdraw services (Article)
Link: Listen here Source: CBC Daybreak Kamloops - Joanna Nemrava B.C.'s maternity care system isn't delivering. That's the message the Midwives Association of BC has... (posted July 24, 2014)

Listen: BC Midwives urge province for new deal to avoid job action Members are calling for increased pay and more funding for programs (Article)
Link: Listen here Source: News1130 - Joanne Abshire VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC’s midwives are urging the province to support a new contract to solve the maternity... (posted July 24, 2014)

Listen: Midwives, Gov’t Far Apart In Contract Negotiations (Article)
Link: Listen here Source: CFNR FM - Melissa Shaw Midwives in B.C. have been without a contract for four months and are challenging the Premier Christy Clark’s “Family... (posted July 24, 2014)

Listen: Midwives call on government to start delivering for BC families (Article)
Link: Listen here Source: CKNW 980 AM - Simi Sara The Midwives Association of British Columbia has withdrawn clinical education services at UBC and issued a 90-day-notice... (posted July 23, 2014)

Listen: Midwives call on government to start delivering for BC families (Article)
Link: Listen here Source: CKNW 980 AM - Simi Sara The Midwives Association of British Columbia has withdrawn clinical education services at UBC and issued a 90-day-notice... (posted July 23, 2014)

B.C. midwives start job action (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: 24 Hours Vancouver - Michael Mui An association representing midwives in B.C. has pulled its clinical education services for practicum... (posted July 23, 2014)

'Bellygram for Premier Clark': B.C. midwives issue deadline to government 220-member association calls for increases in wages and number of practitioners (Article)
Link: Read full article here: Source: The Province - Erin Ellis B.C’s 220 registered midwives have issued notice that they will unilaterally terminate their agreement... (posted July 23, 2014)

B.C. midwives threaten job action: Expectant mothers are underserved in rural areas, association says, as it asks province for more funding (Article)
Link: Read full article here: Source: Vancouver Sun - Erin Ellis B.C’s 220 registered midwives have issued notice that they will unilaterally terminate their agreement... (posted July 23, 2014)

Midwives challenge Clark’s ‘Family First’ pledge (Article)
Link: Read full article here: Source: The Globe and Mail - Justin Giovannetti Midwives across British Columbia have been without a contract for nearly four months and... (posted July 23, 2014)

Comment: Increasing Use of Midwives Good for Health System (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Times Colonist - Ganga Jolicoeur Integrating midwives more fully into the health-care system can help relieve pressure on rural physicians,... (posted May 14, 2014)

Listen: Evelyn Harney on Aboriginal Midwifery (Article)
Link: Link to audio clip Source: CBC Radio - Prince George CBC Prince George interviews the MABC's Aboriginal Committee chair Evelyn Harney who discussing the lack of... (posted May 6, 2014)

Midwives mark 10 years in Cranbrook (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Cranbrook Daily Townsman - Sally MacDonald Ten years ago, midwife Jane Blackmore moved to Cranbrook and began offering midwifery... (posted May 1, 2014)

Midwifery not available Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Salmon Arm Observer - Barb Brouwer The absence of a midwife in Salmon Arm continues to be a contentious issue on both sides of the... (posted April 30, 2014)

Midwifery makes sense to mothers (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Terrace Standard There’s a growing demand for midwives here and not just in the smaller towns or remote areas. At a midwifery... (posted April 18, 2014)

More birth options soon – hopefully (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Alaska Highway News - Elaine Anselmi On moving to Fort St. John and learning she was pregnant, Darryn Wellstead immediately looked... (posted April 18, 2014)

Push on to recruit midwives in Prince Rupert (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: The Northern View - Martina Perry A boost in the number of midwives in northern British Columbia would not only improve maternity... (posted April 9, 2014)

Midwife provides missing link to Seabird Island native band (Article)
Link: Read the original article here Source: Wendy Stueck - Globe & Mail Even before Amelia Doran began working as a midwife with British Columbia’s Seabird Island... (posted March 28, 2014)

Listen: News with Phillip Till - Midwives are the Solution (Article)
Link: click here to listen Source: CKNW newstalk 980 Guest: Kelly Hayes, Midwife and Vice President of Midwives Association of BC With expecting mothers experiencing... (posted March 21, 2014)

Who will 'catch' your baby? (Article)
Link: Read full article here Source: Burnaby Now - Stefania Seccia Over the years, midwives have been gaining ground in Burnaby to help parents catch their babies, despite... (posted February 27, 2014)

North Shore midwives aim to increase numbers, serve more mothers (Article)
Link: read full article here Source: Michaela Garstin - North Shore Outlook As Lisa Paull was giving birth to her eight-pound, 14-ounce daughter on Feb. 12 she was relieved... (posted February 25, 2014)

Bumped - midwives can't keep up with demand (Article)
Link: read full article here Source: Prince George Citizen (front page), Peter James The five Prince George-based midwives are so busy that as many as a dozen women per... (posted February 18, 2014)

Opinion: Midwives can close maternity care gap (Article)
Link: read full article here Source: Ganga Jolicoeur: Special to the Vancouver Sun Women and families in British Columbia’s rural, northern and first nations communities... (posted February 17, 2014)

Maternity-care clinic on hold at Vancouver Hospital (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail, WENDY STUECK, Saturday, Feb. 01 2014 A planned maternity-care clinic at St. Paul’s... (posted February 1, 2014)

Better options for birth (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: South Delta Leader, Adrian MacNair, Jan 31, 2014 It was just over seven years ago when Dayna Dueck, mother of five,... (posted January 31, 2014)

Education needed into midwifery services (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: Times Colonist, Shona Boisvert, January 31, 2014 A recent call by the Midwives Association of B.C. for the expansion... (posted January 31, 2014)

Provincial midwife group calling for more integrated healthcare (Article)
Source: Golden Star, Jessica Schwitek, Jan 29 2014 There is a provincial group trying to increase the education, and reduce the misconceptions about the practise of midwifery... (posted January 29, 2014)

Midwives call for better education and funding Association says major changes needed in face of growing demand (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: CBC News, January 24, 2014 The Midwives Association of B.C. says major regulatory change and more funding is needed... (posted January 24, 2014)

Watch: Calls for a major expansion of midwifery services (Article)
Link: click to view video clip Source: Global News, January 24, 2014 The association representing B.C. midwives is calling for more funding in the wake of greater demand... (posted January 24, 2014)

MABC would like to see an increase in registered midwife-attended births by 35 per cent in the province by 2020 / 助產士擴展服務 爭取接生35%嬰兒 (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: SingTao Daily, By David Jang, January 24, 2014 Synopsis: The Midwives Association of BC would like to see an increase... (posted January 24, 2014)

Watch: Midwives want to bridge the gap in maternity care - their services would be especially useful for women in rural communities (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: News1130, by Shannon Brennan, January 23, 2014 VANCOUVER  – BC’s midwives are pushing for their services to be... (posted January 23, 2014)

Expanding midwifery helps the provincial government save on medical costs / 助產士協會目標6年後接生全省三成嬰兒 (Article)
Source: Fairchild Radio, January 23rd 2014 Synopsis: The Midwives Association of BC would like to see an increase in registered midwife-attended births by 35 per cent in... (posted January 23, 2014)

More spending now can save millions down the road, B.C. midwives argue (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: The Globe and Mail, By Wendy Stueck January 23, 2014 Training more midwives could provide better access to maternity... (posted January 23, 2014)

B.C. midwives calling for expansion of services Association says it could help province save millions (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: Vancouver Sun January 23, 2014 B.C.’s midwives are calling for a major expansion of their services, saying it will... (posted January 23, 2014)

écouter: C.-B. : plus d'accouchements avec sages-femmes pourraient faire économiser des millions (Article)
Link: click to view video clip Source: Radio Canada, by Annick Forest, January 23, 2014 L'Association des sages-femmes de la Colombie-Britannique (MABC) voudrait que... (posted January 23, 2014)

Home birth: A labour of love few Canadian parents are pursuing (Article)
Link: click here to view original article Source: VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail, WENDY STUECK, Wednesday Dec. 18 2013 Amy Brillon is on her knees, her head and arms... (posted December 18, 2013)

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