When it comes to perinatal care, midwifery
should be the norm, not the alternative. Not only do midwives provide
extraordinary care, they do so at a fraction of the cost of obstetric care.
Midwifery is a win-win for cash-strapped provinces: it’s good for the women
under the care of midwives, and it’s good for the healthcare budget.
A personal perspective
My wife raves about the midwives who cared for her before, during and after our daughter’s birth. They were extremely knowledgeable, some of them drawing on their experience of having delivered over 800 babies, and they communicated this knowledge in a friendly, down-to-earth way. They were warm, empathetic and relaxed. Her visits took place in an inviting setting, dressed up with homestyle décor to avoid the cold, cli ...