Ma­ter­nity clinic turns 10 years old

Cel­e­bra­tion held at Part­ners in Preg­nancy

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KO­VACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

About 5,000 ba­bies have been born to pa­tients of the Part­ners in Preg­nancy ma­ter­nity clinic since its in­cep­tion a decade ago, said the clinic’s founder.

Dr. De­bra Boyce started the fam­ily medicine ma­ter­nity care clinic in 2008 in the Turn­bull Build­ing down­town (at the cor­ner of Ge­orge and Sim­coe streets).

At an open house to mark the 10th an­niver­sary on Fri­day, Boyce ex­plained how the clinic works.

Ex­pec­tant moth­ers are seen by a ros­ter of 10 fam­ily doc­tors – all of them women – who do pre­na­tal care and de­liv­er­ies. Ba­bies are born in hos­pi­tal.

The clinic of­fers other ser­vices, too: there’s a staff di­eti­cian, for ex­am­ple, two so­cial work­ers, a vis­it­ing psy­chi­a­trist who deals with men­tal health in preg­nancy and two nurses who are also lac­ta­tion con­sul­tants.

They also have a food cup­board and a cloth­ing cup­board (full of baby and ma­ter­nity wear).

Al­though Part­ners in Preg­nancy is a decade old, it re­mains a unique type of clinic: There’s

not an­other like it out­side a hos­pi­tal any­where in On­tario, Boyce said.

When she got it started in 2008, fam­ily health teams were be­ing set up lo­cally and Boyce saw an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a unique ser­vice for ex­pec­tant par­ents, one that would fill a need in the com­mu­nity.

It has flour­ished, and one of the found­ing doc­tors said she likes the way she can share on-call du­ties with her col­leagues.

In­stead of be­ing for­ever on call as a physi­cian who de­liv­ers ba­bies, said Dr. Joan Hi­mann, you can get proper rest.

That’s im­por­tant, she said.

“If we want to keep our pa­tients healthy, we have to be healthy.”

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Tser­ing Sundip, RN, LC, left, Dr. Michelle Fraser, Dr. Stephanie Ro­man and Dr. Chloe Cor­beil share a laugh in­side a clinic cel­e­brat­ing the 10th An­niver­sary Open House of Part­ners in Preg­nancy Clinic on Fri­day.

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