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Newfoundland minister to unveil midwifery regulations

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government plans to release a report today on regulating the province's midwives. The move comes almost four years after the province introduced legislation — but it was never made law. Health Minister Susan Sullivan says the regulations will be part of the Health Professions Act. Newfoundland and Labrador is one of only three regions in the country without regulated midwives. (VOCM)

Ontario midwives launch human rights complaint to demand pay raise

TORONTO - Health Minister Deb Matthews is pouring cold water on a bid by Ontario midwives to double their salaries to almost $200,000 a year. The Association of Ontario Midwives has filed a human rights complaint over what it says is the government's refusal to comply with pay equity for midwives. It says midwives "suffer a gender penalty" because they are a female-dominated workforce. Matthews says the government wants more midwives so women have another option when giving birth, but she can't understand why they'd ask to double their pay.

Midwifery group demanding expansion plan from Nova Scotia's political parties

HALIFAX - Calls from the Midwifery Coalition of Nova Scotia for expansion of the province's midwifery services prompted all three of the main political parties on Saturday to commit to working toward their demands if elected Oct. 8. About 50 women, men and babies held hand-made signs and chanted outside the Halifax Public Library Saturday morning to rally for a plan to expand the program as the third week of the election campaign came to a close.

Midwife-led care linked to fewer premature births

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women cared for by midwives throughout pregnancy tended to have less-complicated births and were less likely to go into labor early than women getting standard medical care, according to a new review of more than a dozen studies.

Alberta agrees to keep funding public access to midwife services

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Services has agreed to keep funding midwifery services in the province. The deal with the Alberta Association of Midwives runs until March 31, 2015. It means expectant mothers choosing to use alternative maternity services will not have to pay for them. Midwives have been regulated professionals in Alberta since 1998. In 2009 their services became publicly funded as a way to improve access to maternity care. There are more than 70 midwives registered in Alberta.

780 out of 100000 women die during delivery

Media should play its role about rights of women so that excesses with women are redressed.These views were expressed by RAHNUMA Family Planning Association of Pakistan activists at a workshop here Friday. They included FPAP Coordinator Mushtaq Channa, Dr Amir Bakhsh and District Coordinator Ashraf Kakar.They said several problems were being developed in Balochistan about health of mother and child. No attention was being paid on their health. With the result, large number of women die during delivery.

New birthing station opens in Pampanga town

A P5-million newly-constructed birthing station that would cater to the pregnant women and their newborn babies at the Sta Lucia Resettlement in this town was formally inaugurated on Thursday.Governor Lilia Pineda, during the inauguration, said the new birthing station would greatly help in preventing cases of maternal and child deaths as the facility will serve as forerunner of medical services to pregnant women in the area."No mother should die for giving birth and this is the reason why we have been pushing for the construction of more birthing stations and renovation of d
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