In response to concerns over increased healthcare spending on midwives, the Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth undertook a cost analysis report, comparing the costs of maternity care under the different maternity care providers. There had been no analysis of Alberta data since the public funding of midwifery in 2009. This information was needed to allow for a comprehensive comparison of maternity care costs among care providers and to inform discussions around areas of potential cost savings.
ASAC's Maternity Care in Alberta report provides an overview of how much is spent on childbirth in Alberta annually, with respect to various care providers, (namely: obstetricians, general practitioners and midwives,) including care provider fees, hospital costs and other indirect costs. Whenever possible it features comparative data at the Canadian, provincial/territorial and international levels. Information on the average costs of birth was based on overall maternity care related billings in Alberta in 2013-14.