New midwifery positions to be added in South Shore and Antigonish service areas

Nova Scotia Health Authority is adding two new, full-time permanent midwifery positions – one for the South Shore and one for the Antigonish area. This will bring the service to three positions in each area.

NSHA recognizes the importance and value of midwifery services to women during pregnancy and after birth. While further expansion of the midwifery program will be considered, the immediate goal is to ensure women and families can continue to access the midwifery services currently available.

“I hope this expansion in the service shows the support there is for midwifery in Nova Scotia and midwives will be eager to come and work in our province,” said Sally Loring, NSHA’s senior director for maternal and child health services. “The additional midwives will help to provide a more sustainable service for mothers who are wishing to have a midwifery-led birth.”

“The benefits of midwifery are clear,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. ”Women and families who’ve been cared for by midwives have had positive experiences and outcomes. These additional positions will help sustain our existing midwifery services.”

“The Association of Nova Scotia Midwives is very pleased with this announcement and is hopeful this is the start of a commitment to expand midwifery services in the province,” said Association of Nova Scotia Midwives president Kelly Chisholm. “We look forward to working closely with the department and NSHA to make midwifery a sustainable and integral part of primary maternity care.”

The new positions will be advertised within the next two weeks across a broad target area. Recruitment is also underway to fill vacancies.

Comprehensive primary health care, including maternity care, is a priority for NSHA and midwifery is an important component. The new positions reinforce the commitment to provide the right mix of health services in communities across the province.