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Province investing in local midwives


DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: The provincial government recently announced that they will be providing an additional funding totalling close to $150,000 to support local midwives. MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy made the announcement in late-October that the Ontario government is providing an additional $148,635 this year to support midwives in Uxbridge. “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 MPP Bethlenfalvy. “That’s why Ontario’s Government for the People is investing in frontline care by expanding access to midwifery services across the province.” As Mr. Bethlenfalvy explained, the increased funding is part of the government’s investment of an additional $28 million to expand midwifery services across Ontario. These services will help up to 3,400 more families access additional choice in primary care during a pregnancy, birth and postpartum. “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 the people of Ontario, on frontline care,” added Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This additional funding will mean more families in Uxbridge 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.”

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