News Story Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SOGC Statement: Pregnant Health Care Professionals and COVID-19

While we are awaiting further guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada for health care professionals who are pregnant. We have consulted with our Infectious Disease Committee and, at this time, conclude there is no evidence that women who are pregnant experience more severe symptoms when ill (unlike with H1N1)

The pregnancy outcomes of the reported cases have been largely good, with spontaneous and iatrogenic preterm labour being the most commonly reported adverse pregnancy outcomes. One stillbirth has been reported and this occurred in the only case of severe maternal illness, reported by Liu et al (1). Given the limited data, it is too early to determine if higher rates of adverse outcomes are expected in pregnant women infected with COVID-19. As with SARS and MERS, pregnancy outcomes are likely to be strongly correlated with degree of maternal illness.

That being said, each woman’s circumstances are different: her pregnancy history, her risk of exposure in her workplace and her health status will all influence her level of risk. If you are a health care professional who is pregnant, we urge you to consult your health care provider and with the occupational health and safety department in your workplace to determine how you can best protect yourself. Personal protective equipment and good hygiene practice remain the foundation for maintaining good health. Additional measures may be advisable on a case-by-case basis.

Dr. Anthony Armson, MD, MSc, FRCSC
President, SOGC

Jennifer Blake, MD MSC FRCSC
Chief Executive Officer, SOGC

1- Liu Y, Chen H, Tang K, Guo Y. Clinical manifestations and outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy. J Infect 2020;


News Story Monday, March 16, 2020


As these days bring much uncertainty and concern, please be reassured that as you caregivers we are here to help you through the difficult days that may be ahead.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken extra precautions to minimize spread of infection.    We are doing this in effort to keep our community and clients safe.

We will be following the WHO (World Health Organization) evidence-based prenatal scheduling: initial visit at 12 weeks, followed by visits at 20,26,30,34,36,38,40 and 41 weeks gestation.  Timing of all laboratory investigations and ultrasounds will continue as normal.  This schedule will ensure a high quality of care is maintained while decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.  You may receive a call from your midwife to change a previously scheduled visit.

Before coming to our clinic, we ask all patients to report  to reception if they (or someone in their household) have flu-like symptoms such as fever (over 37.5 degrees Celsius), coughing or difficulty with breathing and/or if they themselves (or someone in their household) have travelled out of country in the past 14 days.   Please contact the clinic if you are living with someone who has been instructed to self-isolate.  

If a client has screened positive for COVID-19 please page your midwife immediately.

We ask that client’s limit the number of support people to accompany them to a clinical visit to just ONE PERSON.  This includes children.  If this is not possible please page your midwife to come up with an alternate plan.

As per recent hospital policies, March 14th, only ONE PERSON can be with the client on the birthing unit and postpartum ward.   

At Access Midwives we continue to comply with IPAC standards, using hospital grade cleaning supplies, disinfecting examination surfaces and equipment between clients; performing hand hygiene with alcohol based rub or with soap and water before and after contact with a client.  To reduce the risk of spreading infection we have removed all toys and books from our waiting room.

As situations continue to evolve we will continue to update you further.  We all need to work together to stay safe and healthy in the coming days.   Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.  Please page your midwife if you have any urgent concerns.


The Midwives and Staff of ACCESS MIDWIVES

 Important contacts:

Public Health COVID-19 Hotline (905) 546-2424 ext. 7970

Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000

Gov Of Canada


News Story Wednesday, July 08, 2020

We want to thank the Pieterse family for sharing their baby story with Access Midwives.

This is what they said,

"Being a first time mom who suffers from anxiety I was worried about most common normal things, from cramps to the vomiting you name it so when I finally met with Cait all of those anxieties were put at ease. I was actually able to hear the babies heartbeat at that appt, and from then on it was a piece of cake. My prenatal care was seriously so amazing- Emma and Kristen who were also my midwives were so so kind and helped answer any questions I had. Fast forward to the birth, COVID was fresh and the midwives took every precaution to help ensure our safety. I was so impressed with how they navigated their way throughout this world wide pandemic."

Read the whole story and see the other cute photos.
Click the link below.


News Story Thursday, July 02, 2020

We want to thank Relle for her Google review.

This is what she said,
"Great overall experience with my midwives at this practice. Appointments were thorough, staff is friendly and midwives are caring and more than competent. I've recommended them to multiple friends who have also had good experiences. I will definitely be back when we have another :)"
If you are looking for a midwife, choose a midwife service that gives the best client support and service possible.


News Story Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Access Midwives will be hosting a Virtual Home Birth Info Session on Thursday, August 20, 2020, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Please call the office 905-546-5002 for more information or click the link to register for this session.


News Story Monday, June 29, 2020

Access Midwives is pleased to welcome back Lynlee Spencer.

Lynlee will be accepting new clients with due dates in November and later.


News Story Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Update with the Hamilton Hearing Screening Clinics

At present, the Hamilton Hearing Screening Clinics are offering limited scheduled appointments for screening as they are only open in 2 locations.

If you have had a baby born between April 1st to April 30th and have not been contacted by someone from the Hamilton Hearing Screening Clinic please contact them directly at 905-385-7927 extension 221.

If your baby has a birth date from May 1st to May 31st the hearing screening clinic will be in touch with you starting early July.



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