Saskatchewan NDP is looking to boost the availability of midwife services in Saskatchewan.
“So we think this is a really key component.”
The letter is endorsed by the Midwives Association Of Saskatchewan.
The group said in a statement to Global News the education would be critical to keeping midwives in the province and making care more readily available. The statement added that, “A local education system will help support families across this province to have better access to midwifery care, especially in our smaller communities.
“It will allow people to train in their home communities, or closer to them, in a safe and culturally appropriate setting.”
Bowes said Friday her public consultation webpage has received several responses.
“This is an extremely top of mind issue for a lot of women,” Bowes said. “It’s a really important part of reproductive health for women and it’s something that they want to see.”
She said she has yet to receive a response from the minister.
“Midwife-facilitated births tend to have a lower rate of C-sections, they tend to have shorter hospital stays and there’s potential for less intervention,” Bowes said. “So that’s a big piece of the cost savings here that I would hope the government would be considering.”
Minister of Advanced Education Gene Makowsky to a request for comment late Friday evening.
“The Government of Saskatchewan considers funding requests for new programs as part of its annual budget process in light of government and institutional priorities, financial resources and provincial labour market needs,” the statement read.
“The Ministry of Advanced Education, along with the Ministry of Health, continue to evaluate the demand for training within the context of the province’s overall training and health human resource planning. In the 2020-21 budget, the Ministry of Health provided $2.8 million, a $410,000 increase for three additional midwifery positions in the province.”