May 5th is BC Midwives’ Day and the International Day of the Midwife. Midwives in BC are also celebrating 20 years as Registered Midwives and 20 years later, BC continues to lead Canada in midwife-assisted births.
MABC released the following statement to mark this occasion –
Twenty years after the Government of British Columbia legalized their profession, BC’s registered midwives are playing a growing and integral role in BC’s maternity care system, improving access to pregnancy and birth services in rural, remote and First Nations communities, and assisting in more than 22% of the births in the province, the highest rate in Canada.
“The midwifery story in BC is about determined women advocating arm-in-arm for more choice and better access to maternity care options, often in the face of opposition, but ultimately succeeding, for the benefit of moms, parents and newborns,” said Jody Medernach, Acting President of the Midwives Association of British Columbia. “Starting with 29 midwives in 1998, today we’re proud there are 286 registered professional midwives providing quality prenatal, birth and post natal care to women, newborns and families in every region and health authority in the province.”
to read the entire news release
Pictured above are the original 29 registered midwives in BC, our Joanne Daviau being one of them!