VANCOUVER – BC’s midwives are pushing for their services to be used twice as often in the Health Care system.
Midwives want the province to bridge what they call a gap in maternity care, especially for women in rural communities.
Ganga Jolicoeur, the executive director of the Midwives Association of BC, says integrating more midwives into the health care system would save our province money.
“Independent analysis shows that implementing our recommendations would result in net savings of approximately 60 million dollars by 2020 and 20 million dollars annually thereafter.”
“Our vision is about improving access to maternity care, improving health outcomes, and delivering cost savings to make better use of limited health-care dollars,” adds Jolicoeur.
Currently 17 per cent of women in BC use midwives as their primary maternal care-giver.
The Midwives Association of British Columbia recommendations are: