For Current Clients

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

We have had to make changes to the way we provide care to keep ourselves and our community as safe as possible.  Please know that our Facebook page is the most current and up to date place to get information.  As of August 4th, here are important things to know.

Current updates to CGMH policy: 

 

1. Support people are now permitted in the OR for C-Sections (if clinically appropriate) 

2. Support people no longer have in and out privileges 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 if necessary.  Please plan to bring extra food with you if you can. Bagged meals for support people will be available from the hospital kitchen. 

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

4. support people should bring at least one change of clothes, as they will need to change their clothes if needing to leave the labour and birth room

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

6. If you are able, please bring a gentle baby wash soap for giving babe a bath soon after birth.  We will also ask that birthing people shower or wash their abdomen before delivery.  There is soap available on the OB unit if you do not bring your own.

7. Nitrous oxide is still not available for pain relief in labour 

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

General guidelines regarding midwifery care during CV-19:

1) If you are ill, please don’t come to the clinic. Call the clinic and we will reschedule your appointment.
2) we are doing essential clinical visits only at this time. Your midwife will call you to discuss rescheduling your appointment to a later time if it is clinically appropriate.  Some visits can be done over the phone.  You will also receive invitations to virtual group prenatal visits at 4 different stages of your pregnancy.  Your partner and/or support people are welcome to attend with you.  These sessions are intended to increase access to time with midwives
3) we are conducting some prenatal conversations and education and CV 19 screening over the phone.  This will keep in person clinic visits brief (approx 10 min or less) for checking your blood pressure, listening to the baby and measuring your growth.
3) please wait in your car when you arrive at the clinic for your appointment. Call the office at 705-446-2511 and let our administrator know you've arrived. You'll be asked a few questions for screening before entering the clinic. Then your midwife will come out to your car to take your temperature, before bringing you into the clinic space
4) Wash or sanitize your hands upon entering the clinic. Please avoid touching surfaces unless necessary.  Please wear your own mask (cloth or other).  If you do not have a mask of your own we will provide one for you.
5) Please do not bring any extra people to your appointment.
This includes children. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
6) we are resuming home visits.  There may be exceptions to this; we appreciate your understanding.

7) As always, we are sanitizing rooms between clients. We are stepping up sanitization of doorknobs, seating and other surfaces. We have masks and hand sanitizer available upon entering the clinic, while supplies last.

8) Home births are still available as long as everyone in your household is well and screens negative for symptoms of CV 19.  Water birth may be possible following safety protocols.

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

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Client Handouts 

36 week Package:

Birth Supply Checklist

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

Other Handouts:

Hypertension in Pregnancy

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC)

Questionnaire to be completed after discharge

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