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Manitoba Government Delays End of Birth Alerts Due to COVID-19 Pandemic – ChrisD.ca

March 27, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba says it is delaying an end to a practice that allows hospitals to notify child-welfare agencies about new mothers who are deemed to be high risk.

Families Minister Heather Stefanson says the province is intent on responding to the spread of COVID-19 and now is not the time to implement a broad change.

She says in an email that ending birth alerts would put additional pressure on the health-care system.

Provincial statistics show that newborn apprehensions occur, on average, once a day in Manitoba.

There are about 10,000 children in care in the province and about 90 per cent are Indigenous.

Read More: https://www.chrisd.ca/2020/03/27/manitoba-birth-alert-delays-covid-19/

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