Improving Access to Care for Expecting Mothers in the GTA
Ontario Helping HIV-Positive Mothers Deliver Healthy Babies
Ontario is helping more HIV-positive mothers and women at risk of HIV get the care they need to deliver healthy babies.
The province is supporting the expansion of the Positive Pregnancy Programme, which offers medical care to HIV-positive mothers in the Greater Toronto Area. As a result of the expansion, approximately 40 expecting mothers will have access to midwifery care each year.
The Positive Pregnancy Programme provides care to mothers and babies throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and during the first weeks following birth. The program offers services that help HIV-positive women significantly reduce the chance of passing the virus to their child.
Offering HIV-positive mothers compassionate care and options for healthy deliveries supports Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care, providing the right care, at the right time and in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government's plan to build a successful, healthy province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.
- The chance of HIV-positive mothers passing the virus to newborns is less than one per cent when precautions are taken during pregnancy and birth, such as administering anti-retroviral drugs.
- Eighty-six midwifery practice groups will be providing services to up to 24,250 women by 2014, three times more than in 2003.
- Twenty-three new midwifery groups have been established in Ontario over the last five years.
- Ontario has increased annual funding for midwifery services to approximately $125 million — approximately 400 per cent more than in 2003.
“Our government is proud to provide dedicated midwifery funding for the Positive Pregnancy Programme, which has provided compassionate and dignified care for HIV-positive expecting mothers for many years. It’s a place of hope for expecting mothers who feel marginalized, where they can be free of judgement and get the care they need to deliver healthy babies.”
“The women who use the Positive Pregnancy Programme are relieved that there is a place they can go without judgement and where they can get good care. With this additional funding we can open our doors wider and expand our services for this underserved population.”