There’s no due date yet, but 30 midwives in Winnipeg are pushing for a strike.
They’ve voted 90 per cent in favour of a walkout if a better deal isn’t delivered soon by the province soon.
Tracey Novoselnik is with the Midwives Association of Manitoba.
She says some of them are changing professions within health care, particularly nursing.
“People are leaving. They’re like, if I can earn the same as a nurse, doing the same stuff as I’m doing now, without being able to serve a population and fill a niche, then maybe I should be doing that,” Novoselnik tells 680 CJOB.
The union says midwives in other western provinces make about $20,000 more a year, making retaining them here difficult.
There are about 50 midwives in all of Manitoba.
Estimates say 500 are required to help soon-to-be moms here.