What is midwifery care?
The word midwife means ‘with woman’. It means midwives partnering with clients and their families to facilitate and ease childbirth. The very nature of midwifery care is grounded in holistic health. All aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care, and breastfeeding are inherently normal and natural. By providing individualized care, we can promote and support a positive birth experience.
The midwifery model of care encourages clients to make informed choices about their pregnancy and birth. We believe that families are transformed by birth. All clients and families are unique and we tailor our care to your very personal needs. Midwives offer continuity of care and choice of birth place, including hospital or home births.
Midwives are registered health care practitioners. We are professionals who provide primary care to clients and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. Midwives provide the full course of care for low-risk women. This includes physical examinations, screening, diagnostic tests, the assessment of abnormal conditions, and the conduct of normal vaginal deliveries , as well as postpartum care for mom and baby.
Midwives keep up to date on research and believe that it is our responsibility to provide comprehensive, holistic information so that clients can make informed choices at all stages of care.
During labour and birth, a midwife stays with a client and her family. Midwives are trained in the management of maternal and newborn emergency situations. We carry the equipment necessary to handle emergencies out of hospital. On the occasion that transport is necessary, midwives are skilled in identifying the appropriate time and method of transport. In case a transfer of care to another practitioner is required, the midwife continues to provide supportive care until such time that full care can resume. We work in collaboration with other health care professionals and will consult or refer as appropriate.
West Country Midwives provides full scope Canadian Model midwifery care to the families of West Central, Alberta. Clients may apply for care from any surrounding communities. This care is offered out of our office based in Rocky Mountain House, AB. Our main hospital is Rocky Mountain House Healthcare Center but have privileges at Red Deer Regional who need a Level 2 hospital.
We also work with the Rocky Primary Care Network to provide midwifery care to the families of O’Chiese, Sunchild and Big Horn First Nations. We travel out to the health centers in those communities to given prenatal and postnatal care close to home. The goal is to provide culturally safe care as close to home as possible for these families. Care may be arranged for these programs through the nursing staff at the Health Centers.