Maternity clinic turns 10 years old
Celebration held at Partners in Pregnancy
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.”
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.