ACCESS MIDWIVES NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


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;

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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

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News Story Thursday, September 24, 2020

Check out our latest team photo.

Our midwives Amanda, Erin, Emma, Kristen with student Susannah hard at work on Labour and Delivery!

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News Story Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We want to thank everyone that has already voted for us for the reader's choice awards.

The last day to vote is September 27th, 2020.

If you haven't already voted, please vote by clicking on the link below and pick Access Midwives.
Every vote counts. We thank you in advance.
https://bit.ly/3dmuCFB

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News Story Friday, September 18, 2020

FUN FACTS - AUGUST TOTALS:

FUN FACTS - AUGUST TOTALS:
👀👇🏿👇👇🏽
We had the following for August 2020.

- 38 Births in total!
- 20 Boys
- 18 Girls

The busiest day was Thursday, Aug 27th, with 5 deliveries, 3 girls and 2 boys.

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News Story Monday, September 14, 2020

We want to thank Edwards Family for sharing their baby story with Access Midwives.

This is what they said,
 
"I had such an amazing experience with my team, including Amanda, Rachel, Ashley, and Sarah."
"Words will never be enough to express how grateful I am for the work you do! From the very first prenatal visits, I felt empowered, cared for, and respected."
 
See the entire story and more photos by clicking the link below.
 
https://www.accessmidwives.com/baby/edwards-family.html

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News Story Wednesday, September 09, 2020

We are looking for some new baby stories. Your story helps educate and illustrate what it's like to use a midwife service.

Share your story and we will feature it on our website and social media.
If you would like to share your experience with Access Midwives please email babystories@accessmidwives.com.
Please include some photos and a write up of your experience with us.
Special thanks to everyone that already shared their story.

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