Summer maternity services halted in Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson moms-to-be should be making plans to give birth in a different community.

Between the two birthing physicians they will be gone on separate summer holidays from July 4th to August 19th, leaving the community with a doctor shortage.

Chris Morey is the Health Service Administrator for Northern Health in Fort Nelson. She says there are only two full-time doctors in the area who are registered GP anesthetists and one of those two can perform a caesarean section.

Morey says this is happens every year, and Northern Health is aware of the concerns.

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She says Fort St. John is the closest community for pregnant women to go to. She also recommends moms-to-be to make arrangements to give birth in communities where they have family members.

Doctors are already warning patients to make plans. And Morey says there are also ads in the newspaper to notify everyone in the community.

However, Morey says she realizes that there may be unexpected emergencies.

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She says members from Northern Health know there are challenges and hardships in giving birth somewhere else, but it is in the best interest of both mom and baby.

Meanwhile, Morey says while there is a doctor shortage in Fort Nelson, there is also a shortage across North America. She says Northern Health is working very hard to bring a qualified doctor with C-Section capabilities to the town.

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