Pregnancy care for clients

Our prenatal care offers you the possibility of learning about the changes your body goes through as pregnancy advances. Prenatal care plays an important role in preventing and detecting problems which can arise in pregnancy.

Our care includes the monitoring of fetal growth, heart rate and position, urinalysis, blood pressure, and the general health of mother and baby. We can provide counselling and advice on nutrition, exercise, and the social and emotional aspects of pregnancy.

We expect to see clients at least once a month until the 28th week of pregnancy, every 2nd week until the 36th week, and once a week thereafter. We request that you obtain records of your previous birth(s) from the midwife or physician who provided your care. If you have been seen by another caregiver before you came to our practice, we request a copy of your records.

Home Visit
Before the birth your first on-call midwife and student will visit your home to become familiar with the location, to meet others who are expected to be present at the labour or birth, and to answer any questions that anyone attending the birth may have.

Classes
The Midwives Collective offers a series of classes to our clients and their support person in preparation for the birth experience and early parenting.  Classes are not funded by the Ministry of Health, so there is a class cost of $150 payable by the client. If this fee is not possible for you at this time please talk to your midwife about a reduced fee.  Please see the news and event page for upcoming classes.

Childbirth preparation classes:
We offer a 4 week series to all clients giving birth for the first time.  These classes run on a weeknight from 7-9 p.m here at the clinic.  They are taught by a midwife or student midwife.  For more info about the class content, and class fee please talk to your midwife.

Siblings class:
We offer a monthly class for siblings-to-be who are 2+ years of age.  This is a one hour class that runs on a Saturday or Sunday.  Please talk to your midwife about the content and fee.  Please register with the front desk staff. Please have your child/children bring a stuffed animal/doll and a receiving blanket

Prenatal yoga class:
We offer an optional prenatal yoga class to our clients participating in the Childbirth Preparation Classes.  This is a 1.25 hour class that runs one Saturday per month.  You can sign up on the first night of your Childbirth Preparation Classes or talk to the front desk staff about signing up.

Client Council
You are welcome to join the client council, organized and run by former clients. These volunteers help to plan our annual Reunion Picnic, and also acts both to advocate for and to advise our practice from the perspective of childbearing client’s and their families.

Homebirth information nights
Do you want to know about giving birth at home? This information night has:

  • Presentations by experienced midwives and families
  • Evidence-based information
  • Birth equipment demonstration
  • Water birth information
  • Home Birth Q & A

Free, or with a suggested donation of $20 (proceeds to Joshua Fund). Please check out our website page on home and hospital birth, as well as our events page for upcoming information nights.

Lending library
All clients of the Midwives Collective are welcome to use our lending library.
We request that you take a maximum of three books at one time and return them at your next visit, or as soon as you have finished reading them.
There are sign-out cards in the front cover of each book. Please enter pregnant client’s name and the date, and leave the card on the front desk for staff. Please leave books that are being returned on the front desk.
*Please note – your name will be visible on the sign-out card to future clients borrowing the same book. If you would prefer to sign out the book confidentially ask staff for your “Client ID number” to use in lieu of your name.

Resource Binder
We have a series of resource binders listing services and information that may be helpful to you during pregnancy, the postpartum period and with parenting. These are accessible in our reception area. You are welcome to consult these resources while in the clinic.