ACCESS MIDWIVES NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
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;
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.
The Midwives and Staff of ACCESS MIDWIVES
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
Are you a new mom and worried about your newborn's behaviour?
Newborns look and act differently than older babies and children, as they are adjusting to life outside the womb. We have the perfect handout to help you figure out what is normal and what to do if signs arise that may indicate
illness. Download the guide by clicking the link below. We have so much information available on our website to help you out. Be sure to check out our links section for more details.
We just updated Emma Seager's profile on our website. See what she said.
We have so many talented Midwives working here at Access Midwives. Be sure to check out all their profiles.
Did you know that you can request a specific midwife?
Just add their name when filling out the request a midwife form under the field "REQUESTING A SPECIFIC MIDWIFE?"
We want to thank Kristina for sharing her wonderful story about Isabelle.
This is what Kristina said,
"We were lucky enough to work with Elise, Ashley and Lauren as well as Juanita who was a student at the time. All the necessary pieces and parts of prenatal care were there, with the appointments being thorough, patient and informative, but I think the areas where our midwives really excelled were highlighted during the birth and beyond.
It was such a wonderful and positive experience to have the person (Elise) who I had gone through all the ups and downs and arounds of pregnancy with, be in attendance to bring my newest most important person, into this world. I gained confidence in a anxiety provoking experience because I knew that someone I trusted and had built a relationship with, who knew my worries and wishes for my birth, would be there to support me and my husband."
Check out the full story and see more photos here.
If you choose Access Midwives you have a choice of birthplace.
If you pick the home option, our midwives can provide care safely for you there. You can also choose to have your baby at McMaster or St. Joseph's Hospital.
We are well integrated with the medical team at both hospitals, so no matter what your reason for choosing a midwife, you should know that you have a choice.
The great news is that having a midwife in Ontario is FREE and covered by OHIP.
You don't require a doctor's referral. All you have to do if request one.
Request a midwife today by clicking the link below.
We want to thank Jessica for her Google review.
This is what she said,
"Best Midwives in Hamilton!!! Erin, Tamara and Simone were incredible in keeping my baby and I happy and healthy during pregnancy and beyond! Having home visits was amazing and I would recommend midwifery care to anyone who can have it! Thank you so much for everything!!!"
If you are looking for a midwife, choose a midwife service that gives the best client support
It's National Breastfeeding Week 2020!
This week focuses on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people. Breastfeeding is a prime example of the deep connections between human health and nature’s eco systems.
Breastmilk is a natural, renewable source food that is environmentally safe and green because its produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packaging, or waste.
We want to thank Delange Family for sharing their baby story with Access Midwives.
This is what they said,
"I absolutely love and appreciate the support and guidance I received from my Team, Erin, Tamara and Simone. Although things were a little different this pregnancy, especially because of COVID restrictions I never felt that my care was different or less important than it would be at any other time! All 3 of my wonderful Midwives went above and beyond to take care of us, both physically and mentally."
See the entire story and more photos by clicking the link below.