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Families to get better access to midwives

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Families to get better access to midwives

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BUZ INVESTORS  access to midwives  Fewer rural and remote Alberta families will have to drive to a city or join a waitlist to get midwifery care thanks to a new agreement between Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Association of Midwives and stable government funding.

Since 2015, the government has committed almost $13 million in new funding for midwifery care, including a three-year, $11-million investment in Budget 2016. As part of this funding, the government asked AHS and the association to target growth in underserved communities.

AHS and the Alberta Association of Midwives have reached an agreement that will increase the number of midwives practising in Alberta and includes a plan to get more midwives caring for families in rural and remote areas.




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“Today, on International Day of the Midwife, we want to recognize the difference midwives make in the lives of thousands of Alberta families and their babies every year. We know that many families have been unable to get a midwife or have had to drive hours on a highway to access midwifery services. We have worked with our partners in Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Association of Midwives to help more families get this support closer to home.”

Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health

Approved by Alberta Association of Midwives members earlier this spring, the agreement

  • Maintains or increases current funding levels for established midwife practices.
  • Supports graduates of Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Midwifery program so they can start their careers in Alberta instead of having to move to other provinces.
  • Manages the costs of liability insurance for midwives.
  • Creates a joint process that AHS and the association will use to determine how to allocate new funding.

“Alberta Health Services acknowledges and appreciates the work of Alberta’s midwives, who play an important role in the provision of maternal and newborn care. We know that more and more Albertans are turning to midwifery as a preferred option and we intend to support this growth. We are committed to working with our partners, including the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Association of Midwives, to improve access.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO, Alberta Health Services

Alberta has publicly funded midwifery care since 2009. Since then, there has been a 229 per cent increase in the number of midwives practising in Alberta.

“We’re pleased to have a two-year agreement and the government’s continued commitment to increasing midwifery services for Alberta families. We look forward to continuing to work with our health-care partners to address the non-financial barriers to the sustainable growth of midwifery in Alberta.”

Nicole Matheson, president, Alberta Association of Midwives

Quick facts

  • Midwives serve individuals with low-risk pregnancies through a “course of care” that starts during pregnancy and continues after birth.
  • There are approximately108 midwives who have midwifery staff appointments with Alberta Health Services. Midwives currently assist with almost 5 per cent of pregnancies.
  • As part of Budget 2016, an additional $11 million was allocated for midwifery services over the next three years for a total of $49 million:
    • 2016-2017: $14.6 million
    • 2017-2018: $16.3 million
    • 2018-2019: $18.1 million
  • These funding increases have resulted in a year-over-year increase of 400 midwife-assisted births and a 30 per cent increase in the number of midwife-assisted births in Alberta in the last two years.
  • Number of midwife-assisted births by year:
    • 2014-2015 – 2,374
    • 2015-2016 – 2,774
    • 2017-2018 – 3,574 (projected)
    • 2018-2019 – 3,974 (projected)

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BUZ INVESTORS Supporting affordable child care As part of the Alberta government’s work to make life more affordable for families, 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres will receive funding

Supporting affordable child care for families

Supporting affordable child care for families

 

BUZ INVESTORS  Supporting affordable child care As part of the Alberta government’s work to make life more affordable for families, 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres will receive funding to demonstrate the importance and viability of $25-a-day child care in Alberta.

BUZ INVESTORS Supporting affordable child care As part of the Alberta government’s work to make life more affordable for families, 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres will receive funding

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ELCC Centres will offer almost 1,300 affordable, quality child care spaces. The pilot centres also respond to a number of gaps in the existing child care system, including affordability, diverse needs of children and flexible hours for parents.




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“Too many parents have had the experience of struggling to afford quality child care for their kids. These Early Learning and Child Care pilot centres will allow us to explore how affordable, quality child care works to support children and families and how we can best expand this support in the years to come. Our government is focused on making life better for everyday families, and making child care more affordable is a key part of that work.”

Premier Rachel Notley

“When we drop our kids off at daycare each day we expect that they should be given the nurturing support they need to grow and thrive. Early Learning and Child Care Centres are all about ensuring that everyday parents can afford quality child care and giving children the best possible start in life.”

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services

“All families need good-quality child care that is accessible and affordable, which is why this project is so important. We are thrilled that our Centre has been chosen as an Early Learning and Child Care Centre because it will mean so much to our families and staff, most of whom are new Canadians working hard to make lives for themselves and their families.”

Carole Massing, board chair, Intercultural Child and Family Centre, an Alberta Early Learning Child Care Centre

“Monthly expenses for child care can be very high. So the idea that the Alberta government is moving forward with accessible, quality care parents can actually afford is a great thing. I am hopeful that with these Early Learning and Child Care Centres, parents and their children will have all the benefits of accessible, quality child care at rates we can afford.”

Kyla Rutley, Edmonton parent

ELCC Centre applications were evaluated based on a number of factors, including space and job creation, flexibility, accessible locations and improvements to the existing child care system.

Some Early Learning and Child Care Centres are expected to begin operating as early as next month, with additional centres opening throughout the summer.

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  • An estimated 357 Albertans will be able to enter the workforce due to the availability of additional child care spaces.




Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017 Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017

Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017

Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017 Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Buz Traders Alberta families to benefit If passed, Bill 1, An Act to Reduce School Fees, would eliminate specific school charges. The bill would eliminate school boards’ ability to levy fees for instructional materials or supplies, or transportation fees for eligible students.

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“Through the funding that Budget 2017 provides, our government plans to reduce school fees to make life better and more affordable for Alberta families. They can use these hard-earned savings on other important things, such as paying for groceries, their mortgages or for special activities for their children.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“Through Budget 2017, school boards would receive funding to offset the loss of fee revenues as a result of Bill 1. This would help ensure that boards would be able to maintain—or increase—the education programming they provide to students.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

If passed, the budget would also increase overall funding for education by $213 million in 2017/18 over the 2016/17 forecast, providing school boards with dollars for every new student and protecting grants for First Nations students, English Language Learners and others with diverse learning needs.

Premier Notley and Minister Eggen spent the morning at Monsignor Fee Otterson school, in Edmonton, meeting with parents, students and school trustees to discuss how they would benefit from Budget 2017 and Bill 1.

“The elimination of transportation costs for students living 2.4 km from their designated school is a positive first step. Supporting parents with these costs will reduce the financial pressure families face every day.”




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