Women in northern and rural Sask. travel nearly 900 km to give birth
2018-08-10 from cbc.ca
For some women living outside Saskatchewan's major cities, giving birth in the care of medical professionals requires travelling hundreds of kilometres in multiple aircraft.
Stephanie Tsannie, a mother from Wollaston Lake, had to take a flight to Prince Albert, over 500 kilometres away, to deliver her son Brier eight years ago.
There are still no doctors in her community, so she expects she'll have to make the same trip this year to have her second child. It's common practice for pregnant women in northern Saskatchewan to be moved to La Ronge, Prince Albert or Saskatoon prior to their due dates so they are there to deliver.
The only deliveries north of La Ronge are emergencies.
"I don't feel safe to deliver in my hometown. We don't have the equipment here at our clinic," Tsannie told CBC. "If it was an emergency delivery, then I'd have no choice, but in my own opinion, I would rather have my child down south, where I'm in a hospital, where they have all the equipment they need to deliver a baby.
"If it's an emergency C-section, then they have a surgery room to deliver the baby."
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