Expectant mother’s in the NWT will no longer have to be alone when they leave their communities to give birth. The change came into effect yesterday.
NWT Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy says this interim measure allows for a non-medical escort for expectant mothers 14 days before their due date.
“It’s available to all residents who live in communities where no birthing facilities exist,” explained Abernethy.
In the event that a spouse is not available, the mother will be able to choose another escort.
The change comes after Health Canada announced it would be making changes to the Non Insured Health Benefits program for Inuit and First Nation mothers last week.
Abernethy says 155 mothers were covered by the NIHB program last year, costing the federal an estimated 600 thousand dollars a year.