With expertise in promoting optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, and care of the newborn, midwives can help women and families achieve health and wellness through many stages of life.
Due to COVID-19 we would like to inform our clients of some important changes to how we are providing care to our clients during pregnancy. Our top priority is the health of our clients and our midwives. We would like to thank-you for your patience as we work together to keep ourselves and our community safe and limit the strain on the healthcare system. We will continue to provide midwifery care to you and your baby during these uncertain times.
Please read the following:
If any of the following applies to you, please take a self-assessment by visiting ontario.ca/coronavirus or call Public Health (1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020) prior to coming to your appointment:
In person clinic visits:
In-person appointments are now 5-10 minutes for physical exam only. The rest of the visit will take place over the phone prior to your in-person appointment. We will inform you as to when to expect a phone call. Please have your phone on if you are expecting a home visit or phone call from your midwife. We are also limiting the the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by having you come to clinic less often. To guide this decision, we are using the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the number of prenatal appointments for a positive outcome. This includes: one visit in the first trimester (prior to 12 weeks); two visits in the second trimester (20 and 26-28weeks), and then more frequent visits in the third trimester at 30-32weeks, 34-36 weeks, 38 weeks, 40 weeks and 41 weeks. Please come to your clinic appointment alone.
We can achieve a lot over the phone including answering your questions, informing you about relevant topics related to pregnancy and birth, arranging ultrasounds and lab work, sending prescriptions to the pharmacy and will make a plan with you at each visit for telephone contact between visits. If you would prefer a phone assessment over an in-person visit for any of your other scheduled visits please let us know.
If you think that phone calls will be an issue for you due to lack of a communication device, please let us know.
Our clinic space:
We have removed all toys and reading material from the clinic to reduce the number of objects touched and to make cleaning easier. We will continue to wipe surfaces in the clinic room in between clients, and as always, wash our hands or use hand sanitizer in between clients. We ask that you also use hand sanitizer when you arrive for your appointment and after you leave please wash your hands. We ask that you please come to the appointment alone, and ask that your partner, children and support people remain at home or in the car. We are screening clients upon arrival at our clinic to ensure all clients and midwives remain safe and healthy. The midwives will follow all employee guidelines regarding self-isolation and they are at risk of COVID-19 or screen positive; as well as practice social distancing and appropriate use of personal protective equipment.
Ross Memorial Hospital:
Please visit RMH.org if you wish to read about the most recent updates. Clients admitted for childbirth will enter through the front doors and be screened upon entering the building and again at admitting. Clients are allowed one support person for the full duration of her hospital stay (no switching of support people) and they will also be screened upon entering the hospital. The door to Labour and Delivery will remained locked to ensure minimal flow of visitors. Please note that the cafeteria and front rotunda kiosk are closed. The antenatal clinic (pre-admission) will take place over the phone and clients may look at pictures of the unit online in lieu of an in-person tour which is usually part of the antenatal clinic.
Please practice social distancing by staying at home with members of your house except to go to work and essential trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or midwifery visits. Please do not visit with friends and family. Instead consider using social media, video chat and phone calls. If face to face visits are necessary please keep 2 metres away and meet with them outside. Wash hands often and disinfect surfaces and try not to touch your face.
Contacting a midwife:
The uncertainty of this pandemic can cause feelings of isolation, stress and fear. Your midwives are here to for you. As always, the pager is reserved for urgent concerns that require an immediate response or if you are in labour. All other questions/concerns can be phoned into the office and a midwife will return your call within 24-48 hours.
Midwives of Lindsay would like to welcome new midwife Julia Merkler to the practice.
Also sadly the practice said goodbye to Kerry Bebee at the beginning of September. Kerry was a founding member of the Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes and will be greatly missed. We wish her much luck in her continued midwifery career where she has taken on new and exciting challenges.
A small group of known midwives will provide care throughout your pregnancy, labour, birth and the first six weeks following birth. Continuity of care ensures that a midwife you know will be at your labour and birth. Clients can contact a midwife 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with urgent concerns.
Choosing where to give birth is one of the decisions that your midwife will support you to make. Midwifery clients may decide to give birth safely at home, or in hospital. Midwives are the only health-care professionals who are specifically trained to attend out-of-hospital births. Midwives also attend births in hospitals. They are able to admit and discharge clients and access hospital resources needed by clients, including a consultation from a physician if there is a concern or complication.
Midwives recognize clients as the primary decision makers and provide informed choice in all aspects of care by, for example, providing information so that clients are informed when making decisions about preferences for their labour and birth, as well as any tests or interventions that are available.