Ot­tawa Birth and Well­ness Cen­tre set to open next month

More op­tions for ex­pect­ing mothers

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

Women in Ot­tawa will soon have more choice on where to give birth with the new Ot­tawa Birth and Well­ness Cen­tre set to be­gin wel­com­ing pa­tients this Oc­to­ber.

The mid­wife-led birth cen­tre will of­fer ser­vices in both of­fi­cial lan­guages and as­sist with up to 450 births a year. It will of­fer women in the Ot­tawa re­gion the op­tion of giv­ing birth in a more home-like set­ting, while help­ing free hos­pi­tal beds in or­der to fo­cus on high-risk births.

"We want ex­pec­tant mothers to have ac­cess to the ma­ter­nity care that makes the most sense for them," said Deb Matthews, Min­is­ter of Health and Long-Term Care at an of­fi­cial open­ing an­nounce­ment, in Ot­tawa, last week. "With fewer med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tions, mid­wife-led birth cen­tres are a proven high­qual­ity al­ter­na­tive to hos­pi­tal de­liv­er­ies and meet the goals of our Ac­tion Plan for Health Care by of­fer­ing more ser­vices in the com­mu­nity, closer to home."

On­tario’s birth cen­tres will pro­vide a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing: pre­na­tal, labour, birth and early post­par­tum care; in­for­ma­tion and sup­port for women, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties; pre­na­tal classes; com­ple­men­tary ser­vices, such as breast­feed­ing sup­port, mas­sage ther­apy, phys­io­ther­apy, natur­opa­thy, acupunc­ture, nu­tri­tional coun­sel­ing and chi­ro­prac­tic care and re­fer­rals for ad­di­tional sup­port with preg­nancy, labour, birth, breast­feed­ing and par­ent­ing.

" We are so ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer this choice to women and fam­i­lies in our re­gion," said Max­ine Vigneault of the Mid­wifery Group of Ot­tawa. "The Ot­tawa Birth and Well­ness Cen­tre will fa­cil­i­tate women’s abil­ity to give birth nat­u­rally and ex­pand our ca­pac­ity as mid­wives to sup­port them."

Birth cen­tres have pri­vate rooms with a shower and tub, and cater to a more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for women and those sup­port­ing them through the birth. Birth cen­tres do not han­dle com­pli­ca­tions such as high-risk preg­nan­cies or pre­ma­ture births. Mid­wives main­tain close re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal hos­pi­tals, which they can con­sult with and trans­fer care to if com­pli­ca­tions arise. They do not pro­vide in­duc­tions, epidu­rals or cae­sarean sec­tions. The cen­tre is led by a mid­wife and there are no doc­tors or nurses on site. Women will be at­tended by reg­is­tered mid­wives (usu­ally two), along with any sup­port peo­ple they wish to bring.

The Ot­tawa Birth and Well­ness Cen­tre has many com­mu­nity sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing the Cham­plain LHIN and the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Eastern On­tario (CHEO).

There are suc­cess­ful birth cen­tres in the United States, the United King­dom, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and many other coun­tries. Que­bec has a well-es­tab­lished sys­tem of mid­wifery-led birth cen­tres and Man­i­toba opened a birth cen­tre in Oc­to­ber 2011.

There are over 660 reg­is­tered mid­wives in On­tario. About 142,000 ba­bies are born in On­tario ev­ery year and up to 22,000 are de­liv­ered by mid­wives – up from 8,000 in 2003.

Photo: Pro­vided

Ot­tawa-Or­léans MPP Phil McNeely joins other elected of­fi­cials in a talk about the ben­e­fits of mid­wifery.

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