Two New Birthing Centres Opening in Ontario

Two New Birthing Centres Opening in Ontario

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The province is planning to create two birthing centres, giving women more choice of where they can deliver healthy babies.

Premier Dalton McGuinty was at Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Community Health today to announce that the government is working closely with the Association of Ontario Midwives and the College of Ontario Midwives on a proposal that will deliver quality health care for good value.

The Premier was joined by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews, meeting with students in the Centre’s Midwifery Education program, mothers and members of the midwifery community. “Evidence shows midwives provide quality care – excellent patient outcomes and good value for health care dollars,” says Matthews. “Midwifery care also leads to fewer medical and surgical interventions which benefits both mother and baby.” A midwife is a registered health care professional who provides primary care to healthy women and their newborns. There are more than 580 registered midwives in Ontario, and approximately 15,000 births were attended by midwives in Ontario in 2010.

Premier McGuinty also spoke about how birthing centres would give women more choice in where they have their babies, while helping free up hospital beds to focus on high-risk births.

The proposal is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, a plan committed to moving routine procedures out of hospitals and into the community, where evidence shows quality care and better results for patients can be achieved for good value.

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