Could I choose to have either a physician or a midwife for my birth?
The midwives and physicians at Apple Tree are a team. We draw on each other’s experience, knowledge, and strengths and have a consistent approach in the way we care for mothers and babies. You may find that you forget who is a midwife and who is a physician – and that’s fine!
We work on a call system, rotating who is available for births. This means that you will have the advantage of a care provider who is available to provide one on one care in labour without competing responsibilities. They are also fresh and have lots of energy to give. An exhausted physician or midwife is not able to provide the safest care or the most compassionate support. We understand that sometimes a woman will feel a special connection with one person on the team, but we also find that a special bonding happens very quickly between the woman in labour and the team member who is actually present and caring for her.
Can I still choose to have a home birth?
We are committed to choice of birth place for women.
It is always important to talk with your care team about your own unique situation when deciding on where you will have your baby. Home birth is a safe choice when the circumstances are low risk.
The whole team- midwives and physicians – will support home birth when the woman and her family have made that choice.
How do I get a hold of my care provider in labour or when there is an emergency?
There is an emergency number to page the on-call care provider (1-866-279-9111). This will enable timely access to discuss urgent situations and develop a care plan. We encourage women to stay in the comfort of their home in early labour until active labour starts and it is time to go into the hospital.
I want my care provider to be with me through my labour. I thought only midwives provided this care.
Again, both midwives and physicians will provide the same kind of care.
We believe that continuous care in active labour is the safest and best option for women. Your care provider – physician or midwife – will be with you through most of your active labour. If you are in the hospital, maternity nurses play an important role as well. Our job is to ensure that mother and baby are safe and that labour is progressing in a healthy, normal way. We are also there to support, guide, and reassure you and your support people.
I am worried about breastfeeding support. How will this program help me with that?
Helping women to bond with their babies after the delivery and to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship is a high priority for us. We believe in the many benefits of breastfeeding.
Your care provider will help you to begin breastfeeding soon after the birth of your baby. We will follow up with visits in the hospital and your home in the first few days. You can also come to the drop-in clinics at our office for help with breastfeeding as often as you need. The drop-in is a place to get help or information about any other concerns you may have. It is an opportunity to socialize with other moms and babies, make friends and learn more about keeping yourself and your baby healthy.