News Story Monday, June 21, 2021

We want to thank Amy & Greg for sharing their baby story with us.

Here is Greg's point of view as the dad.
"I felt involved. My wife was going through the most consequential moment in her life and Genevieve was at the heart of it. There was no time to ask for qualifications or work experience, we were in the thick of it now and there was no going back. When you picture child birth you think you will be surrounded by doctors and nurses in a hectic delivery room, but there we were, my wife and I and our fantastic midwife embarking on the greatest journey of our lives."
Read the whole story and see more photos!

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News Story Friday, June 11, 2021

We want to thank our clients for nominating Access Midwives for the 2021 Hamilton Spectator Readers Choice Awards.

We need your vote to make it to stage 2 of the awards. Please help by voting for us as Hamilton's Best Midwife Services.
The process is easy; click on the link below and pick our name. We really appreciate any help you can provide.


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Have questions about vaccination in pregnancy?


Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool PDF:

Recommendations for Special Populations PDF:
To help, we added some new vaccination in pregnancy links and pdf documents to our website.
Click the link below.


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.


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



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