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New funding announced for Midwives of Grey Bruce


New funding announced for Midwives Grey Bruce

FROM A JULY 8 BILL WALKER, MPP BRUCE-GREY-OWEN SOUND NEWS RELEASE — "With more than 140,000 babies being welcomed to the world each year in Ontario, families are looking for more options when it comes to choosing their care," said a recent news release from MPP Bill Walker. "That’s why Ontario’s Government for the People is investing in frontline care by expanding access to midwifery services in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound and all across the province."

With that said, Walker announced that the government is providing an additional $376,866 this year to support Midwives Grey-Bruce. It was also explained that this is part of Ontario’s government’s investment of an additional $28 million to expand midwifery services across Ontario, which will help up to 3,400 more families access additional choice in primary care during a pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Ontario also intends to responsibly expand the scope of practice for midwives to allow them to prescribe more medications to clients. This change could provide greater choice and convenience for families and reduce time that patients wait for medications and therapies.

“Our government is protecting what matters most by ensuring families across Ontario have more choices when it comes to delivering their babies,” said Walker. “This additional funding will mean more families in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound will be able to access quality care from a midwife during pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as six weeks of support once their baby is born.”

It is hoped that these new investments across the province will also:

  • Support up to 90 new midwifery graduates entering the field
  • Increase access to culturally appropriate midwifery care by expanding Indigenous midwifery programs
  • Ensure midwifery practice groups can update their technology to continue providing quality services
  • Commit to ongoing funding for a Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team pilot program to ensure their patients can receive ongoing midwifery care
Walker added, “Our investment in midwifery services is part of our government’s commitment to focus health care dollars where they will have the most impact and do the most good for Ontarians — on frontline care.”


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