BRANTFORD – Ontario has announced they will be eliminating the practice of birth alerts as of October 15th. In this system, some children’s aid societies warn hospitals to watch for certain at-risk mothers having babies.
Brantford Brant MPP, Will Bouma, says it’s a simple change that will make a world of difference to racialized women in the Brantford Brant riding.
Bouma explains the alerts disproportionately affect those from First Nations and marginalized mothers and families, sometimes deterring expectant mothers from seeking prenatal care or parenting supports while pregnant due to fears of having an alert issued.
The provincial government is now taking a new approach to improve pre- and post-natal services by promoting collaboration between children’s aid societies, hospitals, service providers, Indigenous partners, and community-based service providers.