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The Village Health Clinic is a satellite clinic for the Community Birth Program. The Community Birth Program is located in the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre near Surrey Memorial Hospital and provides a full range of maternity services to women and their families. Our patients receive collaborative primary care from physicians, community health nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and doulas. Patients may choose to have their prenatal and postnatal visits at the Village Health Clinic or at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre.

For more information, please call the Village Health Clinic or visit Community Birth Program.


What Is Midwifery?

Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum (after birth care). Midwives provide care from the beginning of pregnancy up to 3 months after birth.

A Midwife attends to the needs of women during low risk labour and delivery, in both the home and hospital setting, and assisting with breastfeeding and caring for the newborn. Midwives are licensed to order laboratory tests, ultrasounds, make referrals to specialists and prescribe medications specific to maternity care.

Midwives are dedicated to education and informed choice, applying science-based health care and offering alternative choices. Midwives are trained to handle certain more complicated deliveries and emergency situations such as postpartum hemorrhage, breech deliveries, and newborn resuscitation.

The main goal is to enable women to have a healthy pregnancy, educate and inform and support natural birth.


Is Midwifery covered by MSP?

Midwifery is maternity care from the first prenatal visit until 6 to 8 weeks after delivery. Midwifery services are fully covered by the Medical Services Plan.

Does having a Midwife mean I have to have a natural birth without pain medication?
Although the goal of Midwifery is support natural labour and delivery, supporting a woman's informed choices is first. Pain management is something Midwives will carefully discuss with you during prenatal visits, so you can fully understand all of your options before labour.

 

Does having a Midwife mean I have to have a home birth?
Midwives will discuss thoroughly all the options available to you. Depending on the health of your pregnancy and where you live, our Midwife can help you decide where to give birth.