ACCESS MIDWIVES NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


News Story Wednesday, November 18, 2020

We are asking all clients to arrive for their scheduled appointment time and to please wait in your car until your midwife calls you in

With the increase of positive Covid-19 cases in our area, Access Midwives is asking all clients to arrive for their scheduled appointment time and to please wait in your car until your midwife calls you into the clinic - please contact the clinic if you have any concerns.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding!


News Story Tuesday, November 17, 2020

To all our clients, please remember to wear your mask when your midwife is visiting you for your home visits.


We ask that you refrain from entertaining guests during these visits.

All clients when visiting our clinic must wear a mask for their entire visit.
At this time we ask that you attend your visit alone, partners may only attend virtually.

#covid19#wearyourmask


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;

#sogc#covid19#publichealth


News Story Monday, March 16, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CLIENTS OF ACCESS MIDWIVES

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.

Sincerely,

The Midwives and Staff of ACCESS MIDWIVES

 Important contacts:

Public Health COVID-19 Hotline (905) 546-2424 ext. 7970  https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/covid-19

Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000         http://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealth-ontario

Gov Of Canada    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

#covid19#publichealth#coronavirus


News Story Tuesday, January 19, 2021

We want to thank Karen for her review. See what she said!

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"If any sentence can sum up my experience with Access Midwives is that I am most definitely coming back to them if/when I have my second child. I was under the care of team Blue (Lynlee, Genevieve, and Connie) who were PHENOMENAL. As a first time mom with a Type A personality, I had a lot of anxiety being pregnant and moving into motherhood. The team and staff at Access Midwives are always very friendly and knowledgeable. My delivery went as smoothly as it could go under the guidance of Lynlee and I felt so much compassion during my pre-labour all the way through to our final 6 week visit from the whole team. They were amazing. Knowing that there is not only 1 way to raise a child, my only constructive criticism is for the team to communicate on what they tell their clients. There were mixed reviews on when to introduce the bottle (because I wanted to make sure my son was willing to take a bottle in case I was unavailable). Overall, I am extremely satisfied with their care. Thank you so much! "

Check out all our reviews here.
https://www.accessmidwives.com/reviews.html

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News Story Friday, January 15, 2021

Check out these Infant-Parent Programs at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre.


VIRTUAL parenting workshops that are open to any parent in the community.
Circle of Security Parenting Group – For moms and dads of children 6 months – 6 years. Participants will learn strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behaviour.
8 weekly sessions on Zoom, begins 6:30-8:30pm Tuesday January 19, 2021

COPEing With Toddler Behaviour – For moms and dads of children 12-36 months. Participants will learn strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behavior.
8 weekly sessions on Zoom, begins 1-3pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Right From the Start – For moms and dads of babies under 24 months. Participants will learn how to read babies cues and foster infant attachment security.
8 weekly sessions on Zoom, begins 9:30-11:30am Thursday, January 21, 2021
https://bit.ly/3svsALY

#hamont#infantparentprograms


News Story Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Now that it's the new year, you might be thinking about eating healthy and exercise.

A balanced diet, exercise, and healthy body weight promote good health, lower your risk of disease, and positively affect your pregnancy.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have an informative, educational guide to answer all your questions about diet, exercise and weight gain. Also, check out our links section for more useful information.

https://www.accessmidwives.com/downloads/pdf-healthyeatingexerciseandweightgain-eng.pdf

#diet#exercise#balanceddiet





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