“We knew there were problems with courses of care; we never thought we’d get full capacity, but we thought we would get enough to stay open,” said Jennifer Thomson of the March funding allocation. “We never thought they would shortchange us as much as they did.”
On Friday, Alberta Health Services delivered some good news to Thomson and her colleagues: they would be receiving a portion of the 400 additional courses of care announced in the 2016 budget.
“It means we can continue serving in the community. We thought we were going to have to close our office and work out of our houses, which aren’t in St. Albert,” said Thomson. “At the moment we can stay.”
St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud was pleased to hear that St. Albert Community Midwives would remain open. She had been advocating on its behalf since the funding allocation was announced in late-March.
Renaud said the clinic’s plight spoke to her on different levels. Not only did she want to see Thomson, Roy and Gimpel succeed as women in business, she wanted to ensure that St. Albert and the surrounding areas had access to midwifery services.
“There are just over 90 midwives in Alberta. We’re lucky enough to have three in St. Albert. I wasn’t about to let that go without a fight,” said Renaud.
Read more at the St. Albert Gazette: http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Funding-means-new-clients-for-midwives-20160514