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Midwifery Association Meets in Whitehorse

The Community Midwifery Association of Yukon standing with Minister Pauline Frost, Minister John Streicker, NDP Nominee Kate White, and Opposition party member Brad Cathers

The Community Midwifery Association of Yukon is going over results of public engagement on regulating and funding midwifery in the territory.

The Yukon Government's commitments to regulate and fund midwifery in 2019 were the main topic of discussion as the Community Midwifery Association of Yukon held their AGM at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on Thursday.

The results of public engagement on regulating and funding midwifery in the territory were released Thursday, the same day the association held their meeting.

Community Services Minister John Streicker says the What We Heard report is important to the regulation, as it lets Yukoners have their voices heard.

"When people participate in these things, they can see their voices in there somehow. It's totally frustrating if you engage, and try, and participate and it feels like you weren't there somehow," said Streicker.

Association President Kathleen Cranfield says having a member from each part of the government, Opposition Yukon Party, and NDP in the room for the opening remarks allows officials to hear the need of their push for regulated and funded midwifery. 

"At this point, the conversations are becoming more and more meaningful, with more momentum, more traction being gained," said Cranfield

(Photo: John Streicker in discussion with The Community Midwifery Association. John Kennedy/CKRW)

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost also spoke about the report, and how over 75 percent of survey respondents say access to pre- and post-natal midwifery services were very important to them.

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