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post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
OK, so I went looking to find midwives who will do births in Truro NS. The biggest practice in Halifax can no longer move out of the Cpital health region, so I am out of luck there. The other midwife in Annapolis is closing her business because of the new rules. I am so upset!
post #2 of 31
That sucks. They're now employees of the various health districts, and only three health districts are participating for just now. Did they give you any suggestions for what you could do?
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
Talk to my MP was her only suggestion. She said that the health district here was interested in having midwives, but that they weren't ready to act because they are in the middle of building a new hospital. I can understand this, but it is crazy that it is now impossible to get a midwife in much of the province!
post #4 of 31
that does suck! crummy when regulations make midwifery inaccessible to women
post #5 of 31
Thread Starter 
I have emailed my MLA, Jamie Muir. My question now is what am I going to do about a birth? I'm TTC now, but I DO NOT want to go to the hospital.
post #6 of 31
Yeah, my midwife did say that regulating midwifery would make things worse before they got better. E-mail more than just your MLA though. E-mail everyone else too, the health minister, the local health authority etc etc. Probably won't help for you this time around, but at least it'll let them know the demand is there.

I don't know what you can do about this next birth though. Get a really good doula, and stay home as long as possible?
post #7 of 31
are there midwives who will not be working in the new system? maybe they could help you.
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by mandib50 View Post
are there midwives who will not be working in the new system? maybe they could help you.
nfortunatly, there were only 7 or so in the province. One is retiring due to the new regs, the others are all employed by other health regions. I guess maybe I will just labour at home as long as possible; before it was tricky as I was an hour away from the hospital. I won't be at the IWK either which is better.
post #9 of 31
That REALLY sucks. I remember a few years ago it was hard to find someone who would travel to small towns/rural areas. And this is way worse. My only suggestion is to rent an apartment or sublet for a month or two in an area that has MWs, or make arrangements to stay with friends.

Get a plan in place of what city (wherever you get in, but Halifax would likely be easy to sublet or short-term-rent in), register with an address from the city you will be in, and go to appointments like usual. Then pack your bags and relocate for a month. Huge PITA but I personally would not do it any other way. (I'm from Truro, btw... )

ETA The other thing you might consider is that if you ever had to transfer, you might want to head to the IWK anyway.

Good luck!
post #10 of 31
Just for further reference, where are all the MW's and doulas located in Nova Scotia?
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by cupcakeladybug View Post
Just for further reference, where are all the MW's and doulas located in Nova Scotia?
There are 2 FT an 2 PT midwives that work for the IWK. 2 other FT midwives are in the South Shore District. NOt certain about all the others.

LP
post #12 of 31
Thank you, LP! I suppose there are none in Cape Breton. I haven't heard of anyone using a midwife here.
post #13 of 31
No unfortunately not Sorry.

The other 2 FT miwives are in Antigonish. I guess that's the closest locale for you. Is privately hiring a doula an option for you?

You could also join the Yahoo group "Birth Connections" which is run by one of the South Shore midwives (Maren) to keep up with the MW regulation news.

LP
post #14 of 31
Antigonish is a great option. I am just planning early for when the time comes. Thank you so much, LP!
post #15 of 31
Lack of midwifery services is the reason I have had two unassisted births. Is this an option for you?
post #16 of 31
That could be an option. I am just researching everything before I make a decision.
I want to make sure that I know what my options are concerning midwives/doulas/unassisted before I actually decide to get pregnant. I know, I probably seem a little insane to organize it this early. : I just like to plan ahead.
post #17 of 31
Thread Starter 
I'm looking now at maybe using my parents or in-laws address in Halifax to get in with a midwife at the IWK. Whether or not I could do a home birth at one of those places I am not sure - as far as I can see now, it looks like they haven't got their home birth protocols written yet, so aren't doing them. (And then I'd have to work it out with the family - my mom would likely be driven insane with anxiety!) It's rather ass-backwards, since the new legislation has been coming for a while, but I guess they couldn't do anything until they actually had the midwives hired.

As far as I know, there are so far no midwives working in Antigonish yet - they seem to be advertising positions though, if anyone qualified here is looking.
post #18 of 31
My understanding is that the IWK midwives are fully up and running, including homebirths.
post #19 of 31
I spoke with Theresa Pickart a few weeks ago and as of then, homebirth were still out. They can and are doing HB in the South Shore region. Kelly Chisholm said they expect to be doing HBs by July/Aug. I may have missed an announcement though.

LP
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by Bluegoat View Post
I have emailed my MLA, Jamie Muir. My question now is what am I going to do about a birth? I'm TTC now, but I DO NOT want to go to the hospital.
I feel the same way. I am in New Brunswick and I really feel I have limited birth options.
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