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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. She would have talked me through the birth. The denied service is seen by moms and health-care professionals as confusing, seemingly arbitrary and unfair. Slipperjack, a mother of seven, has ly been approved and denied escorts when relocating to cities like Thunder Bay for birth. Nobody should have to feel like that.

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Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa will pay for someone to travel with Indigenous women who need to leave their communities to give birth — a change to what she called an "extremely unhelpful" policy. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Philpott said she heard a "cry loud and clear" from Indigenous health experts who were urging the federal government to allow pregnant First Nations women to leave home with a travel companion.

Indigenous women without proof of a medical need to have someone escort them have long been forced to have their children alone and far from from their land, language and heritage, the minister continued.

So to have a positive, healthy birthing experience is extremely critical. Too often, the cries heard in First Nations communities were cries of death, not birth, she added. She also noted the need to transform the delivery of health in communities, saying a of indicators clearly show considerable gaps between health outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Philpott said recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent six years studying Canada's residential schools, included acknowledging the state of Indigenous health and the fact it's the result of decades of ill-informed government policies.

Michael Kirlew, a family physician in Sioux Lookout, Ont. He said the policy is not a novel thing but rather something basic.

Having a support person in pregnancy is associated with a of positive health outcomes, he added. Indigenous people needing to leave communities for end-of-life care still have to travel alone, he added. Politics Ottawa to pay for travel companion for Indigenous women giving birth away from reserve Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa will now pay for someone to travel with Indigenous women who need to leave their communities to give birth — a change to what she called an "extremely unhelpful" policy.

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