Regulated midwifery services in Yukon (closed)

This engagement is now closed. It ran from 2018-09-20 to 2018-11-16.

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Results at a glance

This engagement included both an online survey and focus groups.

From September 20 to November 16, 2018 we received 618 valid, unique responses to the online survey. Key survey results included:

  • 76 per cent of survey respondents told us they were interested in having midwifery services for their community;
  • 75 per cent of survey respondents told us it was “very important” to them to have access to pre- and post-natal midwifery services;
  • 83.5 per cent of survey respondents told us they agreed with the government’s proposed approach to introduce regulated and funded midwifery in Yukon.

We also held 15 focus groups with a total of 80 participants between October 22 and December 14, 2018. These focus groups were held with members of the public as well as targeted stakeholder groups (midwives, nurses and physicians). The focus groups resulted in a variety of responses to the following key themes/questions:

  • what drives Yukoners’ interest in midwifery;
  • what services regulated midwives should offer in Yukon;
  • what needs to be done to ensure midwifery’s successful integration in Yukon;
  • what Yukoners think about birthing at a distance from emergency obstetrical supports; and
  • responses to the Government of Yukon’s proposed approach to regulating, funding and integration midwifery.

What was this engagement about?

The Government of Yukon is working to regulate, fund and integrate midwifery into Yukon’s healthcare system. Our goal as a government is to provide Yukoners additional options within a range of healthcare services that support healthy pregnancies, birthing experiences, and care after childbirth.

The plan we presented to participants during the engagement proposed the following:

  • Initially introducing regulated midwife-attended births and pre- and post-natal services (before and after childbirth) as an option in Whitehorse, where processes and emergency services that support pregnancies and birth are already in place. These supports include physicians with birthing expertise and facilities that can support urgent interventions, such as blood transfusions and Caesarean sections.
  • Initially introducing some regulated pre- and post-natal midwifery services in other communities.
  • Identifying options to potentially support similar services in Dawson City and Watson Lake.

How will my input make a difference?

Input from this engagement will be considered alongside the feedback from the Midwifery Advisory Committee, what we learned from other jurisdictions, and Yukon’s unique context as we develop regulations and work towards a funding model, model of care and integration of midwifery into Yukon’s health system.

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2019-03-01

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