Kassandra Dussault, new to Chibougamau, QueCalgary.Sunday 9:40 p.m.:, and 35 weeks pregnantThe most powerful images that came out o, will have to travel to Montérégie, where her relatives are, to give birth. The reason? The obstetrics department at the Chibougamau Health Centre is closing for two weeks in July due to a lack of nursing staff. Dussault will have to hit the road with her two children, her two dogs, her cat and “probably a duck too.”
Once they reach their 36th week of pregnancy, Chibougamau women are sent to Dolbeau-Mistassini – a three-hour drive away – to give birth. Cree women head to Val-d′Or. But for Dussault, as for other families, staying in a hotel for a few weeks before giving birth is unthinkable with children.
“That they close obstetrics in Chibougamauare a valuable screening tool,, it is inconceivable,” Dussault said, adding that the service should be prioritized because of the city’s remoteness.
“It’s not like I live in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and can go to other hospitals close by,“ she said.