Winnipeg Birth Centre announced that the target set by the previous government is unrealistic: 500 babies a year can not be born in the centre.
Сenter employees say that the center is well equipped and could take such a large number of women. However, the figures set by the previous government are too high.
Winnipeg Birth Centre was opened in 2011. About $3.5 million were spent by the government for its opening, and it spends $2.6 million annually. At the moment the centre fulfills only half of the plan.
Women’s Health Clinic Executive Director Nadine Sookermany noted that 200-250 babies are a figure that is close to reality.
Every year the number of babies born in the center grows. If this continues, another problem will arise - the shortage of midwives. There are only 13 midwives in the center now. Center employees hope that next year at least 10 graduates of the midwifery program will join them.