Midwifery services are free for all BC residents with a valid Carecard or BC Services Card through the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), and you do not need a referral from a doctor.
Contact us to make an appointment and learn more about midwifery care.
Midwives are specialists in prenatal care, labour and delivery care, and postpartum care.
We support all types of families and provide inclusive, and accessible services. This includes families created through pregnancy and birth, adoption, surrogacy, multi-partner relationships, choice and circumstance. We uphold your right to receive care free of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, political or religious beliefs, marital status, age, education, economic status, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Midwives are primary care providers and specialists in maternity care, for healthy people and their babies.
You may choose either a midwife or a family physician for your prenatal care. If you have extensive pre-existing medical conditions, you may be best cared for by a family physician.
In this community we have excellent obstetrical, paediatric and anaesthesia consultants. We may refer you to one of these specialists for additional support as needed.
You may choose one of our midwives to care for you throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Our midwives work together to support each other for time off-call.
Our midwives are on-call for you 24/7 to answer any urgent concerns, assess labour and attend deliveries.
Your prenatal appointments are scheduled monthly in the first and second trimester. Once you are in your third trimester, we will see you every 3 weeks and then weekly during the last month of your pregnancy. Each visit is between 30 to 45 minutes.
We recognize you are the primary decision maker. We will support you to make informed choices by providing information on the benefits and risks of tests and procedures. We encourage you to ask questions and we respect your right to accept or decline any test or procedure.
We offer laboratory tests, genetic screening and ultrasounds related to your pregnancy.
We are a teaching practice affiliated with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. Midwifery students, Medical students and Nurse Practitioners may participate in your care, under supervision and only with your permission.
Labour & Birth
You may choose to birth your baby in your home or at the hospital. Our midwives hold admission and discharge privileges at Victoria General Hospital. People with lower risk pregnancies may elect to birth at home.
Your midwife will be with you throughout your active labour and during your birth. This includes both hospital birth and home birth.
When you are in active labour your midwife may admit you to the hospital.
Midwives monitor you and your baby to ensure healthy labour progress.
Our midwives work collaboratively with other health care providers in the hospital and in the community.
If you are planning a home birth, your midwife will be in communication with the hospital during your labour.
Midwives look after your newborn baby from birth to about six weeks after delivery.
If you have a hospital birth, we usually discharge you home between 1 to 3 days after delivery.
We will visit you in your home for the first week to monitor you and your baby and provide breastfeeding support.
If there are breastfeeding concerns we may refer you to a lactation consultant.
You and your baby may return to the clinic after the first week or two.