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Savings per course of care averages $1200.  Savings are due primarily to shorter hospital stays (or none at all), fewer interventions such as C-sections and instrument assisted births, fewer ER visits (both prenatally and postpartum) and fewer readmissions to hospital.[i]

In New Brunswick approximately 7000 babies are born per year.[ii]

Midwives provide care for approximately 10% of births in Ontario.  Ontario has a very well regarded and established midwifery system.  In Ontario 40% of women who desire midwifery care cannot access it.  The number of families requesting midwifery care increases each year.[iii]

Midwives will save money for our healthcare system.  If New Brunswick implements a midwifery care system that has the ability to care for just 10% of its mothers and babies, we would save approximately:

We need very few midwives to ensure care is available broadly.  Midwives normally attend forty births per year.  To capture 10% of the births in New Brunswick, we would need to support and implement eighteen midwives:

We only need to implement 18 midwives, or 4-5 group practices, to substantially improve access for New Brunswick families and save almost $1 million per year for the province.  This is a very realistic and acheivable goal.

[i] -O’Brien B, Harvey S, Somerfeldt S, Beischel S, Newburn-Cook C, Schopflocher D: Comparison of Costs and Associated Outcomes Between Women Choosing Newly Integrated Autonomous Midwifery Care and Matched Controls: a Pilot Study. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 32:7 (July 2010)

-Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, 2003 midwifery program evaluation

[ii] -Statistics Canada


[iii] College of Midwives of Ontario, the Facts about Homebirth in Ontario