Member’s Statement: Midwifery

Mr. Speaker,

This government has asked for solutions to help the province balance its books. Today is the International Day of the Midwife and I would like to take the opportunity to highlight the role midwives can play in reducing the costs of our health care system. Mid-wives can provide 87% of essential care for women and newborns at an extremely reduced cost. Midwife assisted births have lower incidence rates of premature birth, cesarean section, forcep delivery, and epideral. Moms and infants require shorter hospital stays and have higher rates of successful long term breast-feeding. An innovative government must see the benefit of non-traditional solutions and act to implement them in a timely manner.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Member’s Statement –Midwifery, MLA David Coon,  Fredericton South MLA , Leader of the Third Party May 5, 2015