Stanton labour and delivery unit to re-open with limited services

Stanton Territorial Hospital. (File photo/CKLB)

Some families will soon be able to have their babies at Stanton Territorial Hospital once again.

The labour and delivery unit has been closed since Dec. 10 due to staff shortages. The unit is scheduled to open again on Feb. 21, but with reduced services.

Only families that already have one child, or have scheduled a Caesarean section will be able to go to Stanton.

Families expecting their first child and Nunavut residents will still need to go down to Edmonton.

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) says generally people that have already had a child need fewer pre-labour assessments, have quicker births and have a lower probability of complications.

These changes are planned to last until Mar. 31. NTHSSA estimates about 35 people will give birth at Stanton before then, while 20 people will have to go to Edmonton.

“Our intent is to be at full services after March 31, or sooner if possible, we will continue to monitor and focus on staffing during Phase 1 and if we can open sooner we will announce this,” says David Maguire, NTHSSA spokesperson. “Any full service resumption will be pending appropriate staffing and the COVID-19 situation and outlook in the NWT at the time.”

None of these changes affect services in Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com