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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 6th 2021, here are important things to know.

Current updates to CGMH policy: 

Great news!  Birthing persons are now allowed up to 2 support people for their labour and birth, once admitted to CGMH!

 

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

2. Support people are encouraged to limit the number of times they go in and out of the hospital during the hospital stay.  Please bring a support person(s) 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). 

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

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

5.  Nitrous oxide is available for pain relief in labour  

6. 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, and virtual visits where appropriate. 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 or via Ontario Telemedicine Network, a secure and private virtual video platform.  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 virtual appointments with you.  
3) You are now welcome to bring one person from your household in to your clinic appointment with you.
4) please wait in your car when you arrive at the clinic for your appointment. Call the office at 705-446-2511 and let us know you've arrived. You'll be asked a few questions for screening before entering the clinic. Then your midwife will meet you at the door to take your temperature, before bringing you into the clinic space
5) 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.
6) we are doing home visits in the postpartum.  There may be exceptions to this; we appreciate your understanding.  When possible, we may also do virtual postpartum visits.

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.

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 is 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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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

Prenatal Genetic Screening

Hypertension in Pregnancy

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC)

28 week Package:

CGMH Preadmission Information

CGMH Anaesthesia Questionnaire- print, complete, and bring to birth

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