A traditional, growing alternative
BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff Mothers continue to give birth the old-fashioned way, at home, with the assistance of midwives.
Research shows that having a home-birth is “as safe as a hospital birth” as long as the mother has a qualified person to tend to her needs, observes Mélissa St-Cyr, senior partner and a registered midwife at Gentle Beginnings Midwifery.
A midwife can assist a woman during all stages of her pregnancy whether she decides to have her baby at home or at a hospital.
Gentle Beginnings has been growing each year. The practice started in 2003 with two midwives serving all of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and now it has seven midwives with three offices. It serves about 250 clients in total.
“We still have room to grow as almost each month we have waiting lists,” says Ms. St-Cyr.
Midwifery has also become more popular with women who are looking for a more natural delivery at home.
Midwives can also assist a client in her birth when she chooses to have her baby in hospital.
“Just because you have a midwife it doesn’t mean you can’t deliver in hospital,” adds Ms. St-
Mélissa St-Cyr with her baby Benjamin, when he was just one week old.
processes; however, midwives support the use of technology when needed.” decide whether she wants to have a midwife or a doctor since she isn’t permitted to use the serv-