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    Midwifery in the Yukon: Government must make regulated public service a priority

    The Yukon Territory is the last jurisdiction in Canada without regulations for midwives, but while the territorys lack of available birthing options has been raised in the Yukon Legislative Assembly since the mid-1990s, current and past governments have consistently deemed the issue a low priority.

    There are two professional midwives currently practicing in the Yukon, but women and families who want birthing options must pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for these private services. Across the rest of Canada, registered midwives are public healthcare professionals who provide a holistic approach to childbirth during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postpartum.

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