Why would I choose a midwife?
Midwives support physiological birth and achieve excellent outcomes. Women build a relationship of trust with their midwives and feel safe, supported and heard throughout your pregnancy and birth. Women in our care are actively involved in making decisions, and we provide evidence based information and research to help you make those decisions
What if I want a hospital birth?
Of course! You choose where to give birth, whether at home or in the hospital. We are comfortable in both settings!
But is midwifery safe?
Absolutely! A large body of evidence continues to demonstrate that midwifery care is safe for healthy women. According to the Canadian Association of Midwives "midwife attended births, both at home and in hospital, involve significantly lower rates of intervention and, at the same time, very low rates of maternal and neonatal/perinatal morbidity and mortality." The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) states: "the integration of midwifery into the obstetrical health care team is fostering excellence."
Should I see a doctor as well if I have a midwife?
NO, women can have only one care provider for their pregnancy. Midwives, doctors and obstetricians are all primary care providers. We are health care professionals responsible for making sure you and your baby are well.
What is different between physician care and midwifery care?
Family doctors and midwives provide many similar services including:
- Access to genetic testing, lab tests, ultrasounds and specialist referrals for complications in pregnancy.
- Support women through pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period.
- Write prescriptions, access pain relief medication in labour, and repair tears.
I had a cesarean section before, can I still have a midwife?
Yes, we can help explore whether a VBAC is right for you. We provide support and education for your best chance to have a VBAC.
Can I bring my partner and/or kids to appointments?
Certainly! It's a great way for everyone to be involved in your pregnancy and we welcome you to bring any support people you would like. We have books and toys in the clinic room for little ones.
What if I want a midwife but don't live in the Lac La Biche area?
We are still able to provide care if we have space. You will be required to travel to Lac La Biche for appointments and the birth. We ask that you stay for at least 1-2 days after the birth so we can provide postpartum care in that time.
Are midwives and doulas the same thing?
No. Doulas provide valuable physical and emotional support to a woman in labour, but they do NOT provide medical care or deliver babies. Your midwife DOES provide medical care, she monitors the well-being of you and your baby in pregnancy and labour, and will catch your baby!
What kind of training do midwives have?
Midwives have a Bachelor degree, and must be registered with the College of Alberta Midwives. The first year of practice is mentored by an experienced midwife. We have ongoing training in obstetrical emergency skills, neonatal resucitation, and fetal heart rate monitoring.