Who & How?

Who Uses Midwives?

Who uses us, who is best suited, how they start, and what to look for.

In Victoria, a pregnant woman can choose to see a Family Physician or a Midwife for their maternity care. You can self-refer to a midwife at any point in your pregnancy.

Midwives specialize in maternity care for healthy women and their babies. Should any concerns develop during your pregnancy, we will consult with an obstetrician, pediatrician, or relevant care provider to ensure optimal care for you and your baby. For more information, please see the College of Midwives of British Columbia “Indications for Discussion, Consultation, and Transfer of Care”.

Prenatal Appointments

Our midwives work in both shared-care and supported-solo models. We see women every five weeks until 28 weeks, every three weeks between 28–36 weeks, and every week from 36 weeks until delivery. Appointments are approximately 30 – 45 minutes long, allowing time for clinical assessment of mother & baby as well as time to discuss nutrition, exercise, birth preparation, newborn care and any concerns or questions you may have.

Labour and Birth

Your midwife will be with you throughout your active labour and birth regardless of whether you choose home or hospital. We regularly monitor you and your baby’s well-being and will deliver your baby. Should any concerns develop, we will consult with an obstetrician, pediatrician, or relevant care provider to ensure optimal care for you and your baby.

Labour and Birth

Your midwife will be with you throughout your active labour and birth regardless of whether you choose home or hospital. We regularly monitor you and your baby’s well-being and will deliver your baby. Should any concerns develop, we will consult with an obstetrician, pediatrician, or relevant care provider to ensure optimal care for you and your baby.

After the Baby is Born

Midwives provide full care to clients and their babies until 6-8 weeks after the birth. Our care continues through the post-partum period as we monitor your baby’s health and help support breastfeeding and the transition to parenting. Initial postpartum visits take place in the hospital and at your home, saving you the journey to our clinic.

Midwifery Outcomes

Research suggests that midwifery care results in fewer interventions for mom & babe, with no increase in adverse outcomes. The Cochrane Review analyzed 15 studies involving 17,674 women in a systematic review of midwifery care, concluding that “most women should be offered midwife-led continuity models of care, although caution should be exercised in applying this advice to women with substantial medical or obstetric complications.” Midwives also enjoy a very high rate of client satisfaction. In a recent national survey, clients of midwives were significantly more likely to rate their birth experience as “very positive.”

 

 

Our clinic is accessible, child-friendly, and community-focused. We are located in central Victoria, just past the intersection of Cook & Yates.

We regularly host evening events and workshops, focusing on the journey from pregnancy into parenthood. (See our upcoming events in resources.)

We have on-site parking and are well served by public transit. Our building offers a Lifelabs and a Rexall pharmacy, as well as its own café, and is fully wheelchair & stroller accessible.

We look forward to hearing from you, and supporting you through pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum.