& Frequently Asked Questions
what is a midwife?
Midwives are primary care providers which means that (just like a family doctor) we provide full-scope maternity care throughout the entire experience from conception to 6 weeks postpartum. You can join or transfer into midwifery care at any time in your pregnancy.
how much does it cost?
BC residents are covered under MSP for midwifery care. If you do not have a care card or your coverage is pending, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about receiving midwifery care.
what do midwives do?
Midwives are trained health care professionals working in partnership with clients to provide medical care, give resources and support throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We promote informed choice, evidence based and choice of birthplace care and provide routine health assessments (physical exams, lab work, ultrasounds, prescribing necessary medications etc). Our appointments are typically 30-45 minutes in length. Roots Community Midwives support both home and hospital births. Home visits are provided in the first week postpartum. If the need arises, midwives will collaborate with other health professionals such as an OGBYN, pediatrician or reproductive mental health specialist. Your midwives are on call for urgent calls 24/7!!
our philosophy of care
Midwifery care is holistic by nature. We respect and acknowledge that the social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, psychological and physical aspects of one’s life impacts their whole reproductive health experience. Midwives promote shared decision making and individualized care by having informed choice discussions and listening to clients’ values, preferences and intuitive knowledge. We believe that reproductive health impacts community health and the next generation.
For more about midwifery care in BC, please go to Midwifery FAQs at the Midwives Association of BC’s website: www.bcmidwives.com
we are passionate about :
supported solo model of care
When you are cared for by midwives in a supported solo model, care throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum will primarily be with one provider. Your midwife is on call 24/7. This continuity helps foster a trusting and collaborative relationship.
We regard YOU as the expert decision maker. We provide you with evidene based information in a supportive, non-authoritarian manner and hold space for you to decide how to approach your pregnancy and birth.
choice of birth place
Roots Community Midwives support clients in labour and birth at home or in Squamish General Hospital. We are happy to discuss these options and support you in deciding which feels right for you.
collaboration with other health professionals
Should the need arise, we have excellent relationships with other health professionals in the community and are happy to work collaboratively with them to ensure you receive the best care possible.