Valley residents who want to bring midwifery service to the area are participating in a provincial rally this weekend.
On the heels of news the IWK has a large enough midwifery program to reinstate homebirths, the Midwifery Coalition of Nova Scotia and Valley Families for Midwifery will hold a rally Sept. 28 in front of Halifax’s Spring Garden Road library. Since the service was regulated in the province in 2009, women in the Annapolis Valley have not had access to the service.
“With legalization, Valley families lost access to a service that we had had for many years,” Valley Families for Midwifery spokeswoman Dawn Hare said in press release.
“We knew we wouldn’t get the service back overnight, but four years has been too long, especially without even a provincial plan to give us some idea about what to expect.”
According to the coalition, two reports have looked at the implementation of midwifery in Nova Scotia - one in 2010 and another in 2011 - both urged the Department of Health and Wellness to announce a plan for the growth of midwifery in Nova Scotia.
“While we recognize that the Department of Health has taken steps in implementing the recommendations of the 2011 report and acknowledge that they have been working hard on midwifery, progress is much too slow for women having babies right now,” Hare said.
The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with a rain location at St. David’s Church Hall, 1537 Brunswick St.