News Release - May 4, 1999
BILL LEGALIZES AND REGULATES MIDWIVES
Associate Health Minister Judy Junor today said women who choose to
use the services of midwives in Saskatchewan are ensured of a
consistent, high standard of quality and safety because of The
Midwifery Act, receiving second reading at the legislature.
The legislation, when passed into law, will legalize and regulate the
profession of midwifery for the first time in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan women can be assured that licensed midwives have the
necessary training and skills to safely assist them.
"This legislation is the result of government's partnership with
midwives and other health care partners over the past several years,"
Junor said. "It takes advantage of the experience of midwives in
other provinces but reflects Saskatchewan's unique needs and
Highlights of the act include:
a requirement that all individuals practising as midwives or
calling themselves "midwife" be registered and licensed;
establishment of the Saskatchewan College of Midwives as the
establishment of a transitional council composed of various other
health stakeholders to assist in integrating and regulating the
profession in its early years;
allowing midwives to order essential diagnostic tests,
prescribe appropriate drugs and perform necessary
allowing midwives to manage a woman's labour and delivery in
hospital and out-of-hospital settings provided the woman is
experiencing no complications.
"Our government recognizes there is a growing interest in the
midwife as an optional health provider, but the profession needs
to be regulated to ensure only those who are properly trained can
practise," Junor said.
Saskatchewan joins other provinces including B.C., Alberta,
Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in regulating midwives as a
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