Continuity of Care
There will be a small team of midwives caring for you 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.
We encourage you to be an active participant in your care. 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 Birthplace
It is your choice to give birth either at home/out-of hospital or in the hospital. We’ll discuss with you the benefits and disadvantages of both locales and you will decide what is right for you.
Should the need arise, midwives work in collaboration with other health professionals. 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:
To dispel some myths associated with midwives, please read this article here.
Do I have to pay for midwifery care?
No. If you have a BC Health Card (MSP), all of your midwifery care is completely covered.
What does a midwife 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 women to provide care, support and advice throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Midwifery care includes supporting and promoting normal birth, prevention and detection of complications, and referrals to other care providers when necessary. We provide health assessments during the childbearing process, which may include ordering and interpreting lab work and ultrasounds, and prescribing and administering 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.
During labour, we offer home visits*. Once your labour is well established, we remain by your side through to the birth, either at home or the hospital, assessing your and your baby’s wellbeing, and providing you and your partner with support. We “catch” your baby (we prefer to say that YOU are the one doing the delivering!). After the birth, we assist with initial breastfeeding, and offer frequent home visits* during the first week postpartum. We find that having that extra level of support during the first week provides a solid foundation for the entry into parenthood! We continue to care for you and your baby until 6 weeks after the birth, seeing you in our office at approximately 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks postpartum. At 6 weeks postpartum, we refer you back to your family doctor.
* Home visits in labour are provided in Squamish. We’ll do at least 1 postpartum home visit for our Whistler clients, after which we’ll share your care with your local public health nurses until you come back to our office for care. For those north of Whistler, we typically share care with the public health nurses also. We would love to see all our clients at home regardless of where they live, but need to be available locally for all of our birthing women!
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 woman’s 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 promotes decision making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family (as defined by the woman) and her caregivers. Midwives recognize women as primary decision makers. Fundamental to midwifery care is the understanding that a woman’s caregivers respect and support her so that she may give birth safely, with power and dignity.
Model of Midwifery in BC
Midwives are primary care providers which means that (just like a family doctor) we may be the first point of entry to health services for women seeking pregnancy-related care. You can book or transfer into midwifery care at any time in your pregnancy (provided we have space), but we encourage you to contact us as soon as you learn you are pregnant.