Labour and Birth: During delivery...
We attend births in a variety of settings. Currently our midwives have privileges at both St. Joseph's Hospital and McMaster University Medical Centre. If you plan to use one of these hospitals, we recommend that you check out our hospital links (under choice of birthplace) for important information about the hospitals and to obtain a copy of their registration package. If you are planning to deliver at home, please check out our homebirth tab (under choice of birthplace) for important documents and a list of supplies that you will need to have available prior to your birth.
During labour, the midwife will monitor labour contractions, check the dilation of the cervix, blood pressure and fetal heart rate, assist with breathing techniques and positioning, deliver the baby and placenta, examine your newborn, and check all aspects of your condition after the birth. One midwife is with you during labour and a second midwife typically arrives just prior to delivery.
A midwife cannot replace the important support provided by your partner, close friends or other family members.
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