Support, Community + Care
During pregnancy, your visits will be at the Cedar House, our cozy clinic on 4th Street in Courtenay. Visits are 30-45 minutes in length; allowing plenty of time to discuss your pregnancy and any questions or concerns, as well as prepare you for your upcoming birth and baby.
We’ll also provide clinical care: offering assessments (like checking your blood pressure and monitoring the baby’s growth and well-being) as well as the routine testing (like blood tests and ultrasounds) that all pregnant families are offered in BC.
We can write prescriptions for commonly used medications in pregnancy, and can also provide you with information regarding natural treatments. We’ll work in partnership with you, in keeping with the midwifery principle of Informed Choice, which honours you as the primary decision maker(s) in your care. We’ll talk to you about the benefits, disadvantages, community standards and alternatives regarding each of your care options, and with our support, you’ll decide what’s right for you.
The opportunity to become engaged in your care in this way invites confidence, trust, and empowerment: all contribute to a strong foundation for you to build from during birth, postpartum, and early parenting.
Beginning in pregnancy, and throughout your care, a midwife will always be available by pager 24/7 for urgent care.
Our role in your birth is to be a caring presence, offering continuous support and encouragement; and also managing the clinical progression of your labour by monitoring your and your baby’s well being. Between the four of us we have attended thousands of births, drawing on our clinical training and learning from the families we’ve served to provide care based on each client’s individual needs.
You have the choice of birthing at home, or at the Comox Valley Hospital. While most are familiar with the hospital as the default setting for birth, it’s worth knowing that both BC-specific and international research reveals that planned homebirth is as safe as hospital birth for those who are experiencing healthy, normal pregnancies and are cared for by a homebirth-trained attendant. During your pregnancy, we’ll help you choose your birth place by providing you with research-based information, addressing your questions or concerns and helping you assess where is the best location for you.
Where you decide to have your baby is your choice. Regardless of where you choose to give birth, you will receive excellent, safe care from your team of midwives.
In either setting, we are skilled in supporting you through unmedicated birth. If you birth in hospital, you also have the option of using pain medications such as laughing gas or an epidural.
If you birth at home, two midwives will attend your birth. If you birth in the hospital, a midwife and our skilled maternity nurses will provide your care.
Midwives in the Comox Valley work collaboratively with obstetricians, nurses, family physicians, paediatricians, anesthetists and lactation consultants, both in the hospital setting and in the community. Many of the potential concerns that can arise in pregnancy or birth can be managed by your midwives, however if an issue presents that is beyond our scope of practice, we will consult with our local obstetricans or paediatricians to ensure you and your baby have access to their expertise as required.
Having a baby is a powerfully life-changing experience. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring our skills, guidance, patience, reverence, and care to your birth.
After your birth, you will see your midwife team frequently so that we can support you through your transition to parenthood. We’ll see you in your home for the first week or so, and if you are initially in the hospital, we will visit you there. We’ll monitor the health of you and your baby, provide breastfeeding support, discuss baby care, ensure that you are recovering physically and provide emotional support.
After the first week or two, visits usually happen back in the clinic and continue to about six weeks postpartum, when care is transferred to your family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Between visits, we provide 24/7 call coverage for urgent care or concerns.
We recognize the benefits of creating community and connection in the postpartum. It can be so nurturing to spend time with other mothers and parents who are going through similar experiences. As the saying goes, it truly does take a village to raise a child and we can all learn from each other! We are thrilled to offer a postpartum Baby Group every Monday morning from 10am-12pm. Parents will have the opportunity to weigh their babies, have personal assessments, ask a midwife questions, meet other families and enjoy snacks and time together.
Our Baby Group is held around the corner from Cedar House Midwives, at the “The Grove Health and Wellness” in their beautiful upstairs group space, located at 322 3rd Street, in Courtenay.