Ontario mothers soon will have more options for where to have their babies.
The province is planning to create two birthing centres, giving women more choice on where they can deliver healthy babies.
Premier Dalton McGuinty was at Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Community Health yesterday to announce the government is working closely with the Association of Ontario Midwives and the College of Ontario Midwives on a proposal that will deliver quality health care for good value.
The premier was joined by Health and Long-Term Care minister Deb Matthews, where they met with students in the centre’s Midwifery Education program, mothers, and members of the midwifery community.
Premier McGuinty spoke about how birthing centres would give women more choice in where they have their babies while helping free hospital beds to focus on high-risk births.
The proposal is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care. It is committed to moving routine procedures out of hospitals and into the community, where evidence shows quality care and better results for patients can be achieved for good value.
“We want mothers to have more choices, and for them and their babies to get quality care,” the premier said.
“And we know birthing centres can provide good value for everyone while letting hospitals focus on high-risk care.”
“Evidence shows midwives provide quality care—excellent patient outcomes and good value for health-care dollars,” echoed Matthews.
“Midwifery care also leads to fewer medical and surgical interventions, which benefits both mother and baby,” she added.
Roughly 15,000 births were attended by midwives in Ontario in 2010.