B.C. calls the midwife: Province reports highest rate of midwife-assisted births in Canada
B.C. has the country’s leading rate in midwife-assisted births, resulting in estimated government savings of $4.6 million in less than two years, a new report says.
Midwives were involved in 9,175 births in the province last year — about 21 per cent of the total number of births — according to the Midwives Association of B.C. Midwifery services are covered under MSP from pregnancy until six weeks after birth, and they help cut costs to the public system in a number of ways, association president Alix Bacon says.
The group’s new progress report also suggests that mothers who use midwives spend an average of 18 fewer hours in the hospital after birth, while about 19 per cent of them choose to skip hospital entirely and deliver at home.
Read more about the Midwives Association of BC’s progress report here