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Midwifery services now available at Taber Health Centre

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TABER, AB – Local and area families receiving care from a newly recruited registered midwife now have the option to deliver their babies at Taber Health Centre.

Planning is underway to recruit two additional registered midwives, giving more families supported by midwifery services the option of a planned birth location either close to home, at home, or at the health centre.

“We know families in the community have been asking about midwifery services in the Taber area,” says Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health. “The Government of Alberta and AHS are taking steps to improve access to these services in the area and across the province. This is great news for expecting families because it means more options for their care that are closer to home.” 

There are now eight registered midwives serving in AHS South Zone; the others are based in Medicine Hat, Brooks and Lethbridge.

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Registered midwives provide a full spectrum of maternal and newborn care, from prenatal to labour and delivery, until six weeks postpartum. There are 154 other registered midwives providing services through staff appointments with AHS across the province.

About 3,500 Albertan families used midwifery services over the past year, an increase of approximately 50% since 2014/15. Physicians, care teams and registered midwives work together at sites to ensure families feel safe and supported throughout their delivery.

(From AHS)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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