Breastfeeding Resources

Although breastfeeding is natural, sometimes it takes time to learn. It is a learned experience between both you and your baby. Give yourself grace as you navigate this journey and know that you are doing a great job! Your midwife is here to support, please call the pager if you are needing support with getting […]

Miscarriage Information

If you are concerned you are experiencing a miscarriage please call your midwives on the pager.   What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage is defined as a pregnancy loss before 20 weeks gestation and occurs in 20% of pregnancies. The medical term for a miscarriage is spontaneous abortion.   Why does it happen? The most common […]

Community Resources

Lactation Consultant West glen Well Fed Clinic Chiro Blessings Way Lees Chiropractic Dr For Moms Shifra Centre for Wellness Osteo Airdrie Osteopathy Wow Clinic   Acupuncture The Wellness Studio, Ciara McNiff Airdrie Acupuncture Shifra Centre for Wellness, Kerri M Moss Postpartum House Pelvic Floor Physio     Embrace Physio Fifth Avenue Physio LifeMark Max Bell Genesis LifeMark […]

Waterbirth

We often say that the bath is a “midwives epidural” during labour. Many women find that labouring in the tub can help relax your body, reduce pain, provide comfort, help with movement from the buoyancy of the water, reduce risk of severe tearing, and allow a more gentle delivery of the baby. Waterbirth is safe […]

Hospital Bag List

–         Outfit to wear in labour if you want (there will be hospital gowns at the hospital) –         A comfy outfit to wear home –         Lip balm –         Toiletries –         Slippers or flip flops –         Newborn outfit (undershirt, sleeper, socks, hat) –         Newborn hat –         Music speaker if desired –         Phone Charger –         Have the […]

Birth Supplies List

–         A shower curtain or plastic paint tarp to cover the delivery area –         2 Large garbage bags –         Medium sized bowl/ Ice Cream Bucket for the placenta –         8-10 clean washcloths, used for warm perineal compresses –         5-6 Older Towels –         Incontinence pads (puppy pads) –         Soaker Pad (great to use in the bed, […]

Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV2)

If you have a history of HSV2 it is recommended that you take Valcyclovir from 36 weeks until your baby is born. Taking the medication will help to prevent transmission to the baby during the birth. Your midwife can give you a prescription for the medication at your 36 week visit. For more information about […]

Third Stage Info

The third stage of labour includes the time after the baby is born up to the delivery of the placenta. There are 2 options for managing the third stage of labour: Expectant (Physiologic) Management: Your baby will be skin-to-skin with you as soon as they are born with warm blankets placed over you both. This […]

Vitamin K Prophylaxis in the Newborn

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in foods we eat and absorbed in the intestines using normal gut flora. Vitamin K is also an important substance that helps with blood clotting. Infants are believed to have low levels of vitamin K due to poor transfer of vitamin K across the placenta, low […]

Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria that can be found in your intestines or genital tract. It doesn’t affect adults, however if a newborn picks it up in the birth canal it can make them sick.  Approximately two babies in 1,000 will have symptoms of Group B strep infection. The Society of Obstetricians and […]