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A detailed examination of the practice of midwifery in Nova
Scotia will take place at the request of Health Minister Ron
Stewart. The review will help to determine the status of
midwifery in this province.

The Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia (RCP) will conduct a
thorough review of the issues associated with midwifery.
Specifically, the RCP review will include reference to:

- professional issues, scope of practice, educational
requirements, service delivery and integration with other health
care providers as they relate to midwifery;

- need for midwifery in Nova Scotia;

- current status of midwifery in other provinces;

- advantages and disadvantages of midwifery.

"I am pleased that the RCP has agreed to undertake this review on
our behalf," said Dr. Stewart. "Assessing demands for midwifery
and its level of usage will form a firm base of knowledge for
health care planners. We must start with basic evidence."

RCP is a multi-disciplinary group of professionals dedicated to
excellence in perinatal health care. It includes representatives
from the Medical Society of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University,
the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia, hospitals and
the Department of Health. As the recognized provincial authority
on maternal and new born health, RCP has played a major role in
improving the standards of perinatal care for the citizens of
Nova Scotia during the 22 years since its inception.

Representation from the midwifery community of Nova Scotia will
be invited to help RCP with its review. RCP is expected to submit
its report to the Department of Health early this fall.


Contact: Sue McKeage  902-424-3581

trp                        Apr. 11, 1996 - 4:03 p.m.