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?
If you have a BC Health Card (MSP), all of your midwifery care completely paid for by the government of BC. 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. We are dedicated to supporting families through the childbearing process and are passionate about what we do. We work in partnership with pregnant people to provide care, support and advice throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Midwifery care includes supporting and promoting informed choice, prevention and detection of complications, and referrals to other care providers when necessary. We provide routine health assessments, which may include ordering lab work and ultrasounds, and prescribing
medications related to pregnancy, labour and newborn care. Our appointments with you are typically 30-45 minutes in length, which allows time for us to assess your and your baby’s health and share information with you. It also offers the opportunity for us to address any questions or concerns you may have.
our philosophy of care
Midwifery care is based on a respect for pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal physiologic process and a profound event in a persons life. Midwifery care is holistic by nature, combining an understanding of the social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, psychological and physical impacts of a woman’s reproductive health experience. Midwifery upholds the belief that the pregnant person is the expert of their care and the primary decision maker. Fundamental to midwifery care is the understanding that a pregnant person's caregivers must respect and support them. Midwives hold space for you to experience a safe, dignified and empowering experience throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
what sets midwifery apart?
continuity of care with small team of midwives
during all trimesters of your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. There is a midwife on call 24/7, and you have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with each of us during the pregnancy.
informed choice and being regarded as the expert decision maker. We provide you with information in a supportive, non-authoritarian manner to assist you in making decisions about how to approach your pregnancy and birth. We find that when women become primary decision makers, it can enhance their experience of childbearing and build confidence and trust.
choice of birth place. - either at home/out-of hospital or in the hospital. We’ll discuss with you the benefits and disadvantages of both choices and you will decide what is right for you.
collaboration with other health professionals, should the need arise. We have excellent relationships with other professionals in the community, including our consultants at Squamish General Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital and other lower Mainland facilities.
For more about midwifery care in BC, please go to Midwifery FAQs at the Midwives Association of BC’s website: www.bcmidwives.com
what are the facts?
To dispel some myths associated with midwives, please read this article here.