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.
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.