The Canadian political party, the New Democratic Party (NDP), has said it will support the development of midwifery regulation in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Canada, midwifery was legalised in 2010 under the Health Professionals Act, but is currently not regulated within the eastern province.
On Friday, the NDP announced as part of their election platform that they will “develop regulations under the Health Professionals Act to move midwifery forward so that women have more options for childbirth.”
In 2014, the provincial government released a report on developing midwifery regulation, but at the time the health minister Susan Sullivan said it could be between five and seven years before midwives would be able to practice.
Since this report was published, the government appointed a midwifery implementation coordinator and an advisory committee to look into midwifery regulation in this area.
St. John’s East NDP candidate, Lorraine Michael said in a press release: “Parents coming to Newfoundland and Labrador from other provinces are shocked to find that a midwife is not legally allowed to deliver their baby.”
In Canada, midwifery is practiced in all other provinces and territories except the Yukon, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
In 1994, Friends of Midwifery was established and has been lobbying for legislation ever since.
During the same year, the Provincial Advisory Committee commented on the Status of Midwifery saying in their report: “midwifery is safe, cost-effective and a means of providing quality care for child-bearing women and their families in Newfoundland and Labrador.” 
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