Primary care providers for your pregnancy, birth, and post partum.
Registered Midwives provide maternity care to pregnant women and their newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, until six weeks postpartum.
Midwives in the BC maternity health care system.
Midwives are primary care providers who operate within BC’s maternity health care system. Women in BC may choose to have a midwife or a family doctor for their pregnancy, birth, and six weeks postpartum.
Midwives order tests such as ultrasounds, blood tests and genetic screening; they prescribe pregnancy-related medications; and they arrange consultations with specialists (e.g., obstetricians, paediatricians) as needed.
Midwives guide women through their labours and help them deliver their babies. They offer the choice of birthplace to clients (in or out of hospital). This choice is guided by clients’ preferences and screening criteria used to identify those who are lower- or higher-risk.
After delivery, midwives provide home visits for the first week to support new parents and their babies as they rest and recover, and then continue clinic follow-up until six weeks postpartum.
Midwives have guidelines about when to consult with or transfer care to specialists (e.g. obstetricians) if complications arise. The relationship between midwives and specialists is very collaborative, enabling women to easily access care for both low and high-risk pregnancies. In Victoria our relationship with specialists is collaborative, enabling women to easily access care for both low and high-risk pregnancies.
The choice of primary care provider during your pregnancy is up to you.
You don’t need a referral to register for midwifery care. If you are interested in receiving your prenatal care with us, you can submit a registration form through our website. Our clinic will respond to confirm whether we have space to take you into care, and after reviewing your health history, we can help you to determine whether midwifery care is appropriate for you.
You are encouraged to register as soon as you know you are pregnant, since we limit the number of clients we take on each month.