↗ The Advisory Council is heartened to see that a Midwifery Task Force was set up to explore the role of midwifery in PEI health care and that it includes a representative from community-based advocates for birthing options.
↗ It is very encouraging news that following from the work of the Midwifery Task Force, the Department of Health has started meetings to plan Midwifery Implementation. This is a good start, and the Advisory Council acknowledges that making a start on something entirely new to the health system is difficult. Establishing this task force required strong leadership from the Minister of Health and Wellness. The Advisory Council congratulates the Department for first steps and strongly urges the government to follow through on this planning process for the benefit of PEI women.
Steps towards increased birthing options for Island women, towards an eventual birthing centre: C+
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.