Incoming MABC Board of Directors and new Co-Chairs for 2023-2024 (Article)
The MABC would like to welcome the incoming Board of Directors and new Co-Chairs, 2023-2024: Executive Adrienne Carruthers, Co-Chair - Island Health Tobi Reid, Co-Chair -... (posted November 27, 2023)

Do you know about the BC Midwives Podcast? (Article)
On the BC Midwives podcast, we chat with subject experts on all things related to midwifery in BC. Our first two episodes discuss Prescribing Standards Updates and Syphilis... (posted October 14, 2023)

Midwives Association of British Columbia ratifies tentative three-year agreement (Article)
Midwives will be better supported as a new three-year agreement has been ratified between the Province and the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) that will increase... (posted August 12, 2023)

Province invests in maternity care, expands UBC midwifery program (Article)
On February 17th, it was announced that 20 new seats will be added to UBC’s Midwifery program, expanding seats by more than 70%. Read more HERE (posted February 23, 2023)

Midwives Association of British Columbia Statement on UBC Midwifery 20th Anniversary (Article)
Vancouver, B.C., November 19, 2022 - To celebrate the historic anniversary of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program, Lehe Spiegelman,... (posted November 18, 2022)

Calls for action grow as B.C. hospital diverts maternity patient because of pediatrician shortage (Article)
Brittany Roffel · CBC News A two-week diversion of maternity patients from White Rock's Peace Arch Hospital because of a shortage in pediatric care has many calling for... (posted July 7, 2021)

'Very scary': Expectant parents diverted from Lower Mainland hospitals, lack of resources increase risk (Article)
BY CHARLIE CAREY AND DENISE WONG VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – When Katrina Kirk went into labour during her second pregnancy, she was terrified her worst nightmare might... (posted July 7, 2021)

B.C. midwives speak out after too many expectant mothers forced to divert while in labour (Article)
Mary Cranston Anchor / Multi-skilled Journalist, CTV News Vancouver VANCOUVER -- A group of midwives in British Columbia are speaking out saying the province is in the... (posted July 6, 2021)

Peace Arch Hospital maternity diversion ‘not ideal’ for couple awaiting birth of first child (Article)
Scrambling to make backup plans for their backup plans wasn’t the way Alex Nixon and his wife Megan Loxterkamp had expected to spend the final few days before the arrival... (posted July 5, 2021)

B.C. heat wave: Okanagan midwife urges pregnant ‘more vulnerable’ women to take precautions (Article)
By Shelby Thom | Global News An Okanagan midwife is encouraging pregnant women to take extra precautions to protect themselves amid B.C.’s extreme heat wave. Tiffany... (posted June 28, 2021)

South Okanagan’s only midwifery to re-open this summer (Article)
Jaimee Peters photo of a Willow Midwives helping with a birth. Willow closed its doors March 31 because of a shortage of midwives. (Contributed) MONIQUE TAMMINGA | Jun.... (posted June 20, 2021)

COVID-19: Worried about having a baby? It might actually be a good time to add to the family (Article)
Robyn Pitman and her dog Finn at UBC By Gordon McIntyre Dina Davidson and her colleagues have never been busier as midwives. Her office is in Port Moody, and since January... (posted May 9, 2021)

Health Matters: International Day of the Midwife (Article)
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City of Vancouver Proclaims Day of the Midwife (Article)
For the first time ever, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart has proclaimed Day of the Midwife in Vancouver, to be celebrated on the same day as International Day of the Midwife... (posted May 5, 2021)

Pandemic increases demand and pressure on midwives (Article)
For the first time, Vancouver proclaimed May 5 as Day of the Midwife. But as Kier Junos reports, while the day celebrates midwives, it also calls attention to the increased... (posted May 4, 2021)

The future of midwifery jobs in BC (Article)
COVID 19 brought healthcare workers into the spotlight. They've been the heroes of this pandemic, and while so much of the conversation has centred on sickness and death,... (posted April 19, 2021)

Petition to save South Okanagan’s only midwife clinic nears 3,000 signatures (Article)
Women are taking action after the South Okanagan’s only midwives clinic, Willow Community Midwives, announced it is closing its doors due to a shortage of midwives. A... (posted April 19, 2021)

Electronics donation helps women connect to each other and their children (Article)
Jason Marriott, store leader of Best Buy Courtenay, donated five iPads and other baby equipment such as playpens and monitors to the Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry... (posted April 7, 2021)

New resources to support pregnant people who use substances (Article)
More resources are now available for expectant moms who use alcohol and other substances. The B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has developed a new clinical guideline... (posted March 11, 2021)

'It's our call to duty': Meet B.C.'s non-traditional COVID-19 vaccinators (Article)
VANCOUVER -- When British Columbia’s mass immunization clinics open in April, not all patients will get their vaccine from a doctor or nurse. By special health order,... (posted March 3, 2021)

It’s great that midwives are included’ in rollout of B.C.’s COVID vaccine plan, says college (Article)
In preparation for mass vaccination clinics, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry extended temporary authorization for more health care professionals to administer the... (posted March 1, 2021)

COVID-19 fears spark increased interest in home births, midwives say (Article)
By Colin PerkelThe Canadian Press   TORONTO - Fear of contracting COVID-19 in hospitals or doctors’ offices has prompted some moms-to-be to choose to take on midwives... (posted December 20, 2020)

Many BC midwives had already reached their breaking point—then came COVID (Article)
By Jolene Rudisuela   When Ellie Shortt found out she was pregnant in March, choosing to use the services of a midwife to help her through her pregnancy was a no-brainer. ... (posted December 18, 2020)

'It's quite demoralizing': Midwives feeling overworked, undervalued in pandemic (Article)
Midwives have been treated like an "afterthought" during the COVID-19 pandemic despite the important health-care services they provide, says the president of the Midwives... (posted December 17, 2020)

Pandemic thrusts B.C. midwives into burnout crisis (Article)
VICTORIA -- A burnout crisis is bubbling to the surface in B.C. delivery rooms, according to the Midwives Association of B.C. The organization conducted a survey of its... (posted December 14, 2020)

On The Island with Gregor Craigie (Article)
Gregor Craigie spoke with midwife Lorna McRae, about a new Midwifery Association of BC report on the state of midwifery in the province.   SOURCE ARTICLE (posted December 10, 2020)

B.C. midwives facing burnout crisis (Article)
Midwives across the province have noticed an increase in demand for home births during the COVID-19 pandemic. Midwives says it’s highlighted the need for more government... (posted December 10, 2020)

Lehe Spiegelman, president of the Midwives Association of BC, joins the program to talk about why BC's midwives are calling on the Province for support and better pay as 1-in-5... (posted December 9, 2020)

BC’s Midwives Are on the Brink of a Burnout Crisis (Article)
Lehe Spiegelman of the Midwives Association of BC says a burnout crisis threatens care across the province. Photo submitted. British Columbia’s 300 midwives are calling... (posted December 8, 2020)

Les sages-femmes de la Colombie-Britannique à bout de souffle (Article)
Colleen Fulton est sage-femme sur la rive nord de Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. PHOTO : ALLIE MENNIE ------------------------------------------------------------------------... (posted November 26, 2020)

Reclaiming Indigenous Midwifery (Article)
2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. In celebration and recognition, we will feature stories all year long of nurses and midwives from across the province... (posted November 19, 2020)

Midwife Connects Life Givers to Traditional Birthing (Article)
FNHA midwife Marijke deZwager (left) with doula Laura Joe, who was trained through the FNHA's Kwakwaka'wakw Maternal & Child Health Program, and her nearly 6-month-old daughter... (posted November 19, 2020)

COVID-19: Midwives say lack of support pushing them to the brink as demand for their services soars (Article)
Midwives Josée Gervais and Joanna Norman with mom Karen Enns, who opted to give birth at home because of the pandemic. PHOTO BY MIGHTY OAK MIDWIFERY /PNG By Denise Ryan... (posted November 18, 2020)

Midwifery COVID Survey November 2020 (Article)
In early November 2020, 402 midwives were invited to participate in a survey aimed at better understanding their experiences during COVID-19. The survey included questions... (posted November 18, 2020)

COVID-19: Midwives say lack of support pushing them to the brink as demand for their services soars (Article)
Midwives in B.C. say they are at a crisis, and they are the only primary health-care providers not being given pandemic support measures like PPE and pandemic replacement... (posted November 18, 2020)

B.C. Midwives call for bold action from new B.C. government (Article)
As the final mail-in ballots are counted and we await official confirmation of our next government, we call on every member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia... (posted November 5, 2020)

Comparing political party commitments – tell your next government what you think (Article)
We asked the province’s political parties to make midwives a priority in this election and commit to fixing the midwifery crisis in B.C. so we can continue to deliver for... (posted October 20, 2020)

Midwives statement on The BC Greens election platform (Article)
The Midwives Association of B.C. has asked the province’s political parties to make a commitment to fixing the midwifery crisis. Successive government failures have B.C.’s... (posted October 19, 2020)

Midwives statement on BC Liberal election platform (Article)
The Midwives Association of B.C. has asked the province’s political parties to make a commitment to fixing the midwifery crisis. Successive government failures have B.C.’s... (posted October 17, 2020)

Midwives want BC NDP platform to address midwifery crisis (Article)
The Midwives Association of B.C. has asked the province’s political parties to make a commitment to fixing the midwifery crisis.  Successive government failures have B.C.’s... (posted October 14, 2020)

It’s time for government to support B.C. midwives so we can continue to support B.C. families (Article)
It’s time for government to support B.C. midwives and the B.C. families and babies they serve. Public demand for midwives continues to grow. In B.C., we have reached an... (posted September 24, 2020)

Midwives look to fill a gap in health care (Article)
The Cariboo has got its first midwives. Megan Corbett and Krista Hamblin have launched Cariboo Midwives, which is expected to be fully operational this fall in Williams... (posted August 25, 2020)

10 things midwives can do to create a more welcoming practice for 2SLGBTQIA+ people (Article)
We are pleased to launch a new resource for midwives: "10 things midwives can do to create a more welcoming practice for 2SLGBTQIA+ people." Click here for a PDF version.... (posted August 6, 2020)

Burnt out and fighting for benefits, B.C. midwives return to the bargaining table (Article)
Emily Jarrett fell unconscious on the operating table before her C-section. Her blood pressure had dropped significantly after being given spinal anaesthesia, and everything... (posted July 24, 2020)

Baby tests positive for COVID-19 in Vancouver newborn ICU outbreak (Article)
VANCOUVER -- Health officials now say fewer than 10 people have been exposed to COVID-19 at a neonatal intensive care unit in downtown Vancouver, with only one confirmed case... (posted July 21, 2020)

Lehe Spiegelman: B.C. midwives say new contract talks must deliver (Article)
It’s been more than two decades since midwifery became a regulated and MSP-funded profession in B.C. Three hundred midwives are involved in 22 per cent of all births in... (posted June 22, 2020)

Making a difference: Midwifery student connects midwives with personal protective equipment (Article)
Midwifery student Emily Baxter’s living room looks a bit different these days. Along with the usual evidence of a busy life of a mom and her three kids, it has also been... (posted May 13, 2020)

CTV News Vancouver- Community Connection (Article)
SOURCE VIDEO (posted May 6, 2020)

How to have a baby in Nelson during a pandemic (Article)
Like everything else in Nelson during COVID-19, childbirth has changed. Doctors, nurses and midwives attending births at Kootenay Lake Hospital are wearing full protective... (posted April 24, 2020)

How B.C.'s expectant mothers are dealing with added anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic (Article)
Lerato Chondoma hasn't stopped crying for more than a week. Her C-section delivery at B.C. Women's Hospital in Vancouver is booked for the last week in April and her list... (posted April 13, 2020)

Navigating childbirth amid COVID-19: One woman's first-hand account (Article)
VICTORIA -- I’m being asked a lot lately, "How are you feeling?" I’m 37 weeks pregnant, preparing for the birth of my first child. There’s no doubt I’m excited,... (posted April 13, 2020)

Hospital remains safe place for childbirth, say Comox Valley care providers (Article)
The maternity ward at North Island Hospital remains a safe place to deliver a baby, say health professionals overseeing maternity care at the hospital. They were responding... (posted April 6, 2020)

Women seeking home births (Article)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in full force, more women are choosing to do home births rather than enter hospitals, according to Terra Nova Midwifery. “I would say... (posted April 6, 2020)

Nova Scotia has cancelled all home births—could it happen in other provinces? (Article)
The choice to have a home birth in Canada has been thrown into question this week, after the Nova Scotia government suspended midwifery-led home births without consultation of midwives. (posted March 31, 2020)

For some, a scramble to adjust birth plans after Island Health restricts delivery supports (Article)
Roxanne Egan-Elliott/ Times Colonist MARCH 29, 2020   Some pregnant women are changing their birth plans in response to new restrictions on the number of guests allowed... (posted March 31, 2020)

More moms choosing home births during COVID-19 crisis (Article)
More and more women are requesting home births requesting services from midwives during the pandemic. The Midwives Association of British Columbia is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Perinatal Services of BC to equip midwives personal protection equipment and other sanitizing supplies. (posted March 26, 2020)

Pregnant in a pandemic: expectant mothers change birth plans due to COVID-19 (Article)
Expectant mothers across B.C. are changing their birthing plans in light of recent hospital policies responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Victoria woman Nadia McTaggart... (posted March 20, 2020)

Midwifery model of care selected for Yukon (Article)
A midwifery model of care has been selected for Yukon. Midwives will be employees of the Government of Yukon to ensure Yukoners have access to sustainable and integrated midwifery... (posted February 24, 2020)

Tribunal delivers landmark victory to Ontario midwives in years-long pay-equity battle (Article)
By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Mon., Feb. 24, 2020 4 min. read   In what is being hailed as a “historic, landmark” decision, Ontario’s human... (posted February 24, 2020)

Let’s talk about birth (Article)
(This story is sponsored by the Birth Place Lab at UBC.)   Pregnancy can be a time filled with so many new emotions and experiences. Though we tend to hear about... (posted February 19, 2020)

No Hospital, Birth Center, or Home Birth Is Risk-Free (Article)
WASHINGTON — A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds that there is no risk-free setting for giving birth, whether at home,... (posted February 6, 2020)

Wellness collective hits full bloom (Article)
Sonje Juul, registered midwife, owner, Chvonne Hutchings, prenatal educator + doula, owner as well as Sydney Feddema, owner and postpartum doula. In January 2018 Bloom Family... (posted November 6, 2019)

Fearless PhD graduate strives to improve rural women’s health (Article)
Cathy Ellis, right, in one of Nepal's post-earthquake relief camps (Makwanpur) with Rashmi Rajopadhyaya, one of Ellis's co-researchers and a member of the Midwifery Society... (posted September 30, 2019)

Improving birth outcomes for women who are substance using or have mental illness (Article)
A study comparing birth outcomes for midwives' versus physicians' patients who were substance using or had mental health conditions was published in the BMC Pregnancy and... (posted August 22, 2019)

Terrace midwife denied hospital privileges at Mills Memorial (Article)
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------   BC Midwives work together with health authorities to provide babies and families with... (posted August 8, 2019)

Multiplying the friendship (Article)
A small miracle is in this living room. Four newborn babies rest peacefully. At the same time. They have been nursed, soothed, cuddled, and caressed by their mommas. And now... (posted July 12, 2019)

Families of colour experience high rates of mistreatment by providers during childbirth in the U.S. (Article)
UBC News Mothers of colour experience less respect and autonomy and more mistreatment than white women during childbirth, according to new research from the University of... (posted June 11, 2019)

With Chilliwack maternity ward closing, expectant mothers scramble to make other plans (Article)
'Our women are devastated,' says Sandra Hoft's midwife, Natasha Oglesby, who questions whether authorities are considering the safety implications of such a closure. (Submitted... (posted June 7, 2019)

'This will affect so many moms' (Article)
Health officials are asking pregnant women who were planning to deliver at Chilliwack General Hospital later this month to make other arrangements due to a shortage of obstetricians.... (posted June 6, 2019)

Evidence shows midwifery care increases health equity while reducing cost (Article)
With the latest evidence suggesting health benefits beyond emotional satisfaction in care, it is time to reconsider the value of midwifery care, write Daphne McRae and Nazeem Muhajarine. (posted May 15, 2019)

Gyro Park to host celebration of midwives (Article)
Alyson Jones, left, and Christy Raynolds, right, opened Willow Community Midwives 10 years ago after meeting at UBC in Vancouver during their Midwifery degree. In celebration... (posted May 1, 2019)

Williams Lake hospital reopens maternity rooms after 2 months (Article)
Nurses in an accelerated training course in Kamloops learn about perinatal care. At Cariboo Memorial Hospital, a staffing shortage led to the suspension of maternity services. (Jennifer... (posted April 30, 2019)

Terra Nova Midwifery celebrates new clinic opening (Article)
A group of Richmond midwives are hosting an open house Sunday, inviting community members and health-care practitioners to learn more about the profession and mark the International... (posted April 29, 2019)

Stop judging Meghan Markle (or any other woman’s) birthing choices (Article)
Ilana Stanger-Ross is a registered midwife in Victoria, B.C. and the author of A is for Advice (The Reassuring Kind): Wisdom for Pregnancy Royal watchers are anxiously... (posted April 29, 2019)

How Canadian Midwives Are Making Birth Better For LGBTQ+ Parents (Article)
When Melanie Wild and her wife arrived at Red Community Midwives in Calgary for their first appointment, she thought, "This is right who I am, it's where I fit in: these... (posted March 27, 2019)

Comox Valley Midwifery moving locations (Article)
COURTENAY, B.C - The Comox Valley Midwifery clinic is moving to a new home and getting a new name. The long-running clinic will be moving over to 544-4th Street in Courtenay,... (posted March 21, 2019)

Wisdom for Pregnancy: A Conversation with Ilana Stanger-Ross (Article)
I’m really excited for you to read this conversation between author and midwife Ilana Stanger-Ross and my partner-in-all-things, Katie Tahmaseb. You see, Katie’s pregnant... (posted March 19, 2019)

Northern Health commissions review for midwifery services (Article)
With a developing advocacy for midwifery in northern B.C., Northern Health will examine possibly expanding its maternity services. While Haida Gwaii is one of the few remote... (posted March 10, 2019)

Midwifery advocates host first community event in Prince Rupert (Article)
Advocacy for bringing midwifery services in Prince Rupert continues to press on. “In the new year we’ve been focusing on continued engagement with the Midwives Association... (posted March 8, 2019)

'We are not tapped out': Kamloops hospital prepares for expectant mothers from Cariboo (Article)
Doctor says the Interior city can take care of women travelling from other B.C. towns to give birth (posted March 7, 2019)

‘We’re focusing on the most invisible of injuries’: research project targets mental health at work (Article)
New research out of the University of Ottawa is taking a closer look at mental health in the workplace, Abigail Bimman reports. - A A + Listen Cross-country research... (posted January 24, 2019)

How one B.C. community is fighting to keep Indigenous children with their families (Article)
    Patricia Dawn of the Red Willow Womyn’s Society in Cowichan Valley holds hands with a child who was recently part of a removal interruption in Duncan, B.C. CHAD... (posted January 20, 2019)

Meet Gunnar, Nelson's first baby of 2019 (Article)
Andrea, Ragnar and Steffen Ulrich are pictured with the new baby in the house, Gunnar, born 4:01 a.m. Thursday. — Submitted photo Kootenay Lake Hospital welcomed its first... (posted January 6, 2019)

Memoir of a medical rebel: A conversation with Dr. Michael Klein (Article)
Dr. Michael Klein has made it his lifelong mission to de-medicalize maternity care. His book chronicles political, social and health care upheavals over the decades. (posted January 4, 2019)

Family celebrates birth of Langley’s first midwife-assisted baby in 2019 (Article)
Newborn Ashlynn Midnight Moon received her middle name after the holiday she was born on–New Year’s Day. Parents Krista St. Louis and Jeffery Rawluk celebrated the birth... (posted January 3, 2019)

It's a girl! (Article)
The Sea to Sky corridor's first baby of the New Year was born in a home-assisted birth in Furry Creek with help from two midwives and a volunteer nurse. And while welcoming... (posted January 2, 2019)

First-time mother Margaux Delattre always knew she wanted to deliver her baby at St. Paul’s Hospital where she was confident she would receive the best possible treatment.... (posted December 10, 2018)

B.C. midwives seek added support amid high demand on Vancouver Island (Article)
According to the Midwives Association of B.C., more pregnant women on Vancouver Island use a midwife to help with the delivery of a child than anywhere else in Canada. the industry is seeking support to keep up with demand. (posted December 5, 2018)

Moms and midwives look for better rural care (Article)
The Midwives Association of BC (MABC) is asking the provincial government to provide more funding for maternity care in rural and indigenous communities. Ganga Jolicoeur,... (posted December 2, 2018)

Midwifery Services In Need Of Funds (Article)
PRINCE GEORGE - The growing demand for midwifery services has resulted in the Midwife Association of BC to call on the provincial government for increased funding. BC has... (posted November 26, 2018)

Advocacy grows for midwifery services in Prince Rupert (Article)
Having available midwifery services is about choice, and an advocacy group from Prince Rupert is calling for just that. On Nov. 14, the Prince Rupert Advocates for Midwifery... (posted November 26, 2018)

Letter to the Editor: A response to the article ‘Mothers travelling out of Revelstoke in order to have a midwife’ (Article)
I am writing in reference to the article in last week’s Review ‘Mothers travelling out of Revelstoke in order to have a midwife.’ I gave an interview for this article... (posted November 18, 2018)

Mothers join rally at legislature in call to fund more midwives (Article)
Mothers embracing swaddled babes stood on the stairs of the B.C. legislature on Thursday to call on the province to fund more midwives. Ganga Jolicoeur, CEO of the Midwives... (posted November 16, 2018)

B.C.’s Midwives Call on Province for Greater Support and Investment in Midwifery Care (Article)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * Research shows midwifery improves health outcomes for newborns and parents * Approximately $145 M in healthcare savings delivered by B.C. midwives... (posted November 15, 2018)

Mothers travelling out of Revelstoke in order to have a midwife (Article)
When the contractions started signalling that Miriam Manley’s first daughter was on her way, Manley tucked herself into her own bed with the lights off and the temperature... (posted November 9, 2018)

Choosing what’s best for baby (Article)
Northern B.C. mother Lauren Fraychineaud was born at home with the help of a midwife. And from the start of her own first pregnancy, she vowed to do the same for her babies.... (posted October 11, 2018)

Poor women who use midwives have healthier babies (Article)
Women who are marginalized by poverty may be reaping the greatest benefits from midwifery care. This is the finding of a large study that we published with colleagues this... (posted October 5, 2018)

U of S-UBC study finds that low-income women and babies benefit from prenatal care led by a midwife (Article)
A new study by the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia suggests that low-income women and their babies benefit greatly from prenatal care by... (posted October 4, 2018)

Young Innovators: U of S researchers study benefits of midwifery (Article)
Midwifery care may be key to better childbirth outcomes for low-income women with low- to moderate-risk pregnancies, says a study by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan... (posted October 3, 2018)

Midwives celebrate 20 years in B.C. (Article)
First-year midwife Krista Hamblin, her 3-month-old baby Hugo and Sylvia Fedyk who was one of the first midwives to be registered in the province in 1998. (Colleen Flanagan/THE... (posted August 31, 2018)

Bring midwifery to Terrace (Article)
-- Bring midwifery to Terrace -- * Aug. 9, 2018 1:30 p.m. Dear Editor, Over the past few months the Terrace Standard has featured articles highlighting the doctor shortage... (posted August 16, 2018)

Haida Gwaii joins forum on sustaining local maternity care: Only five remote places in B.C. continue to offer local maternity care without Caesarean deliveries (Article)
Midwives, nurses, doctors, and hospital administrators from Haida Gwaii and the four remaining places in B.C. that continue to offer maternity services without local Cesarean... (posted July 5, 2018)

Midwife added to Penticton Hospital Maternity Centre (Article)
-- Midwife added to Penticton Hospital Maternity Centre -- By Chronicle Staff - June 1, 2018   The South Okanagan Maternity Centre at Penticton Regional Hospital... (posted June 1, 2018)

Community brief: International Day of the Midwife (Article)
-- Community brief: International Day of the Midwife --   Powell River Peak May 28, 2018     Supporters of midwives hiked up Valentine’s Mountain to recognize... (posted May 28, 2018)

Vancouver midwifery collective cares for nonbinary and trans clients (Article)
-- Vancouver midwifery collective cares for nonbinary and trans clients --   by V. S. Wells on May 30th, 2018 in The Georgia Straight   Cora Beitel cofounded... (posted May 28, 2018)

Midwives say increased use takes pressure off health care system (Article)
How midwives play a key role for some B.C. mothers   Maria Weisgarber reports on how midwives play a key role when it comes to helping mothers and newborns in British... (posted May 11, 2018)

Is it safe to use weed during pregnancy? (Article)
-- Is it safe to use weed during pregnancy? -- -- A recent study shows a slight uptick in people using pot during pregnancy to ease symptoms like morning sickness. But comprehensive... (posted April 4, 2018)

Defending the Indigenous newborns of B.C. (Article)
Long-time Cowichan Valley midwife Kate Koyote is seen in her office at Matraea in Duncan, B.C., on Friday. CHAD HIPOLITO/THE GLOBE AND MAIL JUSTINE HUNTER VICTORIA ... (posted March 21, 2018)

Canadian Women Feel Excluded From Their Own Childbirth Decisions (Article)
-- Canadian Women Feel Excluded From Their Own Childbirth Decisions -- -- Recent immigrants or refugees also feel less respected by their health providers. -- By Natalie... (posted March 13, 2018)

Respect in the Maternity Ward (Article)
-- Respect in the Maternity Ward -- How research in B.C. is helping change the way the world thinks about the quality of care in childbirth. The anticipation, the excitement,... (posted March 8, 2018)

Does A Larger Role For Midwives Mean Better Care? (Article)
-- NPR Investigations -- by, NINA MARTIN FROM   A new study offers a systematic look at what midwives can and can't do in different states, offering evidence that... (posted February 22, 2018)

Pregnant women in rural B.C. urged to leave town to deliver (Article)
-- Pregnant women in rural B.C. urged to leave town to deliver -- -- 40% of women in rural Canada have to drive at least 1 hour away for maternity services -- By Briar... (posted February 20, 2018)

Shuswap families now have access to local midwives (Article)
-- Salmon Arm, B.C., gets its first midwifery clinic -- By Courtney Dickson, CBC Posted: Jan 27, 2018 10:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018 10:00 AM PT Josée Gervais,... (posted January 29, 2018)

Why more mothers are calling for midwives in Kelowna (Article)
-- Why more mothers are calling for midwives in Kelowna -- It's not just a hit show on Netflix, more families in Kelowna are calling 'the midwife' when it comes to labour... (posted January 27, 2018)

Bloom where you are planted (Article)
Dawson Creek Mirror JANUARY 24, 2018 07:56 AM Juul, Hutchings, and Feddema.     Amazing things happen when the right combination of people get together.   Three... (posted January 24, 2018)

Midwives set up shop in Mile 0 City (Article)
-- Midwives set up shop in Mile 0 City -- Dawson Creek Mirror JANUARY 16, 2018 04:11 PM News for babies and their mothers!     Dawson Creek Midwifery has opened... (posted January 16, 2018)

MATT FETINKO, STAFF SUNDAY, JAN. 14TH, 2018  Courtesy Pixabay It’s been 20 years since midwifery became legal in British Columbia. The first woman to have a baby... (posted January 14, 2018)

1998’s New Year’s baby at B.C. Women’s Hospital a first on two counts (Article)
Martha Perkins / Vancouver Courier JANUARY 1, 2018 08:00 AM  When Benedicte Schioetz gave birth to her daughter Linnea under the guidance of midwife Camille Bush, a... (posted January 1, 2018)

A midwife, an obstetrician and a mother-to-be (Article)
-- Saturday December 23, 2017 -- -- A midwife, an obstetrician and a mother-to-be -- Dr Brian Goldman with Veteran midwife Ilene Bell and Dr Shiraz Moola, OBGYN. In Nelson... (posted December 23, 2017)

華婦膺卑詩最佳月度助產士 華語助產士供不應求 卑詩僅有6人 (Article)
[2017.12.16] 發表   閆俐以幫助產婦度過人生最重要時刻為榮。(王學文攝)   【明報專訊】一名華裔助產士榮獲卑詩助產士協會(Midwives... (posted December 19, 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)

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 November 14, 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)

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)

MABC News & Updates (Article)
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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: 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: (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: 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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