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Midwives now accepting clients in Fredericton

FREDERICTON (GNB) October 13, 2017 - The first registered midwives introduced into the province's health-care system have started accepting clients in the Fredericton region.

"Health care is a priority for your government, as we know the availability and delivery of health services have a significant impact on the quality of life of the people of our province," said deputy premier Stephen Horsman. "Your government is pleased to be moving forward with our commitment of maximizing the use of health professionals, including midwives."

Horsman spoke on behalf of Health Minister Benoît Bourque.

The province's midwifery demonstration site in Fredericton is managed by the Horizon Health Network.

"Fredericton-area women and their families will benefit greatly from the primary care services provided by our team of midwives," said Geri Geldart, vice-president clinical of Horizon Health Network. "I am pleased that this new service will give women more choice as they plan for their maternity care."

Midwives will give New Brunswick families more options when it comes to making important choices around pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives can provide comprehensive care during normal, low-risk pregnancies, labour, postpartum care, as well as the newborn period.

Registered midwives working in New Brunswick are regulated by the Midwifery Council of New Brunswick.

More information about midwifery services in Fredericton is available online.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sarah Williams, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-6784, sarah.williams@gnb.ca .

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque, media relations, Horizon Health Network, 1-877-499-1899, media@horizonnb.ca .



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