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For Current Clients

Important information regarding how we are providing care during the current phase of the Covid 19 Pandemic 

 

Please know that our Facebook page is the most current and up to date place to get information.  As of July 27th 2022, here are important things to know.

Our waiting room at clinic is re-opened!  You no longer need to call us and wait in your car for your midwife to come and get you.  As long as you and your support people are free of covid symptoms, you are welcome to come into the clinic and have a seat until your midwife comes to get you.  If you have symptoms, please call the clinic and we will determine whether an in person appointment is necessary or whether we can provide care virtually until you are feeling better.

We are continuing to mask in our clinic at at CGMH.  We ask that you and your support people wear masks as well.  

All birthing people will continue to be covid swabbed upon admission to CGMH.  If they swab positive, THEY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED A SUPPORT PERSON IN LABOUR***

- if they swab negative upon admission, birthing persons are allowed 2 support persons for their labour and birth, once admitted to CGMH.  The vaccination status of those persons will not be requested.

- all support people who screen "green" are permitted in the OR for C-Sections (if clinically appropriate) 

****disclosing vaccination status is no longer a prerequisite for support people in the OR****

- Support people are asked to limit the number of times they go in and out of the hospital during the hospital stay.  Please bring a support person that is able to come and stay during the entire labour, birth and postpartum, if you can.  Drop offs of food and other items at the main hospital entrance are possible, as well as delivery of take out food.  You are also welcome to bring extra food and drink (in a cooler, for example). 

 

everyone on the OB floor is required to wear a mask at all times. This includes birthing people and their support person.

 

- if support person screens positive for suspected CV-19 they will not be permitted inside the hospital

 

-Nitrous oxide is available for pain relief in labour  

- Showers and baths are available for use in labour and the postpartum.

- Home births and home water births continue to be available 

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. Please contact the clinic if you have any questions. 

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Update: April 23, 2021

Prioritization of pregnant people for vaccination in Ontario

Today, Ontario announced that as of April 23rd, 2021, all pregnant individuals will be eligible to register for vaccination appointments under the highest risk health conditions in the Phase 2 prioritization guidance.

The information below is directly from the Ministry of Health:

"Pregnant individuals are eligible to receive their vaccine through Public Health Unit(PHU) immunization clinics by booking an appointment through the provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488.  Pregnant individuals who are in a PHU not using the provincial booking system will be directed to their local PHU to book an appointment.

Pregnant individuals may choose to receive the vaccine at any time during their pregnancy. However, essential consideration should be made for those in the later stages of their pregnancy.

General page:

https://www.pcmch.on.ca/covid-19vaccine/ 

 

Helpful Decision Tree:

https://www.pcmch.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/COVID-19-Vaccine-Infographic-2021_03_08.pdf 

 

Another Article with Considerations:

https://www.cmaj.ca/content/cmaj/early/2021/01/26/cmaj.202833.full.pdf 

 

SOGC position statement:

 https://www.sogc.org/common/Uploaded%20files/Latest%20News/SOGC_Statement_COVID-19_Vaccination_in_Pregnancy.pdf 

 

 

Client Handouts & Packages

Initial Package (for when you first come into midwifery care):

Omama Pregnancy Link

Best Start

Nutrition Information

Hypertension in Pregnancy

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC)

Video showing the equipment midwives bring to a home birth

Video discussing reasons to transport to hospital from a home birth

28 weeks:

CGMH Anaesthesia Questionnaire- print, complete, and put in hospital bag in case needed

36 week Package:

Birth Supply Checklist

When your water breaks before labour

When your pregnancy goes past your due date

Pregnancy beyond age 40 and Induction of Labour

Normal Newborn Behaviour

Newborn Jaundice
 

When your baby needs Phototherapy

Discharge Package:

Questionnaire to be completed after discharge