ACCESS MIDWIVES - REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS
- AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE 4.9% - OUT OF 5 -
"Just here to leave a quick THANK YOU! Our perfect little angel is turning 4 months as of today… Our experience with access midwives (purple team) was absolutely phenomenal! Tamara,Erin, Simone and Nicole were amazing. Couldn’t have wished for a better team. We felt safe and genuinely cared for at all times. The Second I met every single one of them I knew it’s gonna be great and everything is gonna be okay! We were really excited and looking forward to have our little one at home. Well, he had other plans in mind and decided to surprise us in wanting to get out of there feet first… 😉 We had to quickly change plans, needed an ambulance,rush to the hospital and he was delivered by emergency c-section. Now that sounds pretty scary and traumatic. But I can tell everyone who reads this review, thanks to Tamara and Nicole IT WASNT!!! They’ve done an excellent job keeping everyone (daddy included) safe and calm. I am proud to say that even with the little twist at the end it was just PERFECT for us! It just shows that you can plan as much as you want but at the end of the day the little ones might have other plans. which isn’t a problem with the right support of your midwife!!! Letting go of plans and adapting to new challenges that day was actually the most empowering feeling I’ve ever felt. All that is left to say is THANK YOU to every single one of you! It was an amazing experience and I am more than thankful for your fantastic care!!! "
- Sabrina Ziegler
"Thank you for giving me a great pregnancy, birth and post partum experience. It was exactly what I had hoped for. I had the natural unmedicated birth I wanted, I couldn't ask for more. "
- Lauren Rivard
"Me and my wife will be always grateful to Access Midwives , we had a lovely experience. Tamara , Simone and Erin the team who took care of my wife , thank you from the bottom of our hearts ."
- Mansour AlZahrani
"I had an amazing experience with the pink team at Access Midwives. Their support and care throughout my pregnancy was above and beyond. My labour and delivery was extremely fast which created a stressful situation for a first time mom. Kristen was on call for my delivery and I could not have been happier with how motivating and empowering she was. Looking forward to delivering with Access Midwives again in the future!"
- Amanda D
"I couldn’t be more happy with my experience at Access Midwives. The staff are always very pleasant and they genuinely care about you and your baby. They all made navigating pregnancy so much easier then I ever thought possible. When I had to get an emergency C-section, Genevieve sat beside me the whole time to support and reassure me. Pregnancy, especially your first one, can be overwhelming and scary at times. I am forever thankful for Genevieve, Connie and Lynlee for being apart of my journey and helping me deliver a beautiful, healthy baby girl! xo"
"This was my first child and my pregnancy journey was made so much easier with my midwives team. My midwives put my fears at ease and were extremely knowledgeable and supportive with my birthing plan and my inexperienced questions. My team allowed me to understand what was happening with my baby and body throughout my pregnancy and what I could expect for my labour and birth. My team was always 100% attentive to my needs and were calming during the birth of my first baby girl. Using Access Midwives allowed me to feel heard and that my time and pregnancy was important and did not feel like a clinical in and out doctors appointment. I will definitely be using midwives for my next child! Thank you so much for my midwives team Susana, Kristen, Elise, Emma! You ladies made my experience easy and amazing. "
- Victoria Attwood
"Thank you to the wonderful staff at Access Midwives; Jamie, Barbara and Sue for all of your help over the phone and in clinic. And of course thank you immensely to the awesome team of midwives we had as part of our journey for the second time! I was a patient at Access Midwives from 2018-2019 and 2020-2021 with the same team of midwives (Tamara, Simone, Erin and a student) for both of my pregnancies. From early pregnancy to 6 weeks postpartum, their attention to detail and always addressing my concerns and questions was great! During the pandemic, I felt very safe as they always followed protocols, ensured PPE was worn and sanitizing took place. Although my two birth stories were very different (first at 36w + 3d and second at 40w + 3d), the care I received throughout was incredible both times! The aftercare in home visits were very much appreciated, especially when you’re exhausted with a newborn and not up for leaving the house. Being in the care of a midwife allowed me to feel very comfortable and confident that my concerns (as a first or second time mom) would always be addressed. Each midwife took the time to get to know me (and my husband pre pandemic) and all of my visits were as thorough as I needed. I never felt like just another patient. My husband and I wouldn’t have it any other way and would recommend midwives to anyone, especially Access Midwives to anyone in the area!"
- Melissa Groff
"I was fortunate to have Access Midwives for both of my pregnancies! I loved the personal care and positive atmosphere! I would not hesitate to refer anyone I know who is looking for care to Access Midwives. They are professional, caring, and wise and will ensure your pregnancy-related needs are met at all times! Just a tip - as soon as you find out you're pregnant register on their website. They fill up so quickly due to their great service!!!"
- Jamie Boyd
"I've had such an amazing experience at Access, as have all of my friends/coworkers who have been blessed to have them care for their pregnancies. They take care to ensure that not only yours and your babies physical health is maintained, but provide an all encompassing approach to your care. I have never been asked so many times how I, as well as my husband and older daughter, were handling the emotional aspects of the pregnancy and afterwards, with having a newborn. I left every appointment feeling confident and when I had questions or concerns they were always answered fully and without complaint and most importantly they never made me feel bad for calling with questions or paging when I felt I needed assessment or reassurance. I feel very blessed to have shared my pregnancy journey with the staff at Access, will continue to recommend them and will definitely be back!!!"
- Kelsey Nash
"Tamara, Simone and Erin were such an amazing team and I am so thankful I chose Access Midwives. They were amazing about taking the time to answer any and all questions during my pregnancy never making the appointments feel rushed. They had so many unique and more natural suggestions for symptoms that popped up like heartburn and restless legs. Loved having more natural alternatives that weren’t just running to typical solutions. They also provided so much support given the fact that being pregnant during a pandemic was exceptionally stressful. My delivery had to switch to OB care while in the hospital due to some risk factors, but Tamara still attended my daughter’s delivery and really helped direct my pushing so that I delivered her fast and efficiently. In addition our postpartum care was phenomenal. Having the midwives to answer all questions and concerns and such hands on care felt such a blessing. At my last appointment I was particularly impressed that Simone took time to discuss the risks of postpartum depression, particularly for new moms during the pandemic. It gave me the opportunity to have discussions with my family to make sure I had the right support in place. I 10/10 believe I picked the best care providers and feel so lucky I had such a great team with my first pregnancy."
- Stephanie Procter
"We had an exceptional experience with Access Midwives and the Purple team. I felt that Tamara, Simone, Erin and Nicole went above and beyond when it came to supporting us and brought forth their years of combined experience and knowledge. I always felt the team was available for our questions and any concerns and we felt very accommodated from prenatal to post with their thorough appointments. "
- Aliyyah Fazil
"My experience with Access Midwives was nothing short of amazing. As a young mom, I was nervous to find out i was pregnant. Elise, Emma & Kristen were absolutely amazing throughout my entire pregnancy. They made me feel comfortable, safe, cared for and answered any questions i had. The 6 week postpartum care was also great. I got lots of checkup phone calls and a few house visits which helps alot after giving birth! I highly recommend Access Midwives to anybody who is expecting! "
- Skylar Hubbert
"I had a wonderful experience with Access Midwives during my pregnancy and 6 weeks postpartum with my first child. We dealt with Amanda and Rachel for my whole pregnancy. Both ladies very knowledgeable, and supportive. Half way through my pregnancy, the pandemic started and although my husband was no longer able to join me for my appointments, I still felt taken care of by both ladies. I was going to Mac every two weeks for ultrasounds and they were up to date on making and changing appointments for me. The receptionists there were also easy and friendly to deal with! I wanted either Rachel or Amanda present for my birth (As they knew all the details of my pregnancy), but due to their schedules at the hospital at the time, were not able to be there. I was nervous dealing with another midwife as she didn’t know my history. My water broke at 5am and after confirming at the hospital later that morning, I was asked if I wanted to stay at the hospital or go home to wait for the contractions to come naturally. I opted to go home so we can be nice and comfy until we were ready to be admitted. Contractions started in the afternoon and were getting heavy by 9pm. They tell you to wait until you get the 4-1-1 contractions but that didn’t happen for me as they were all over the place. We called Erin twice to let her know (that I was in pain and uncomfortable) and she assured to wait until they were 411. From 11pm-midnight the pain was so bad I was going to the washroom thinking I had to go and was pushing instead, blood followed. I was screaming in my bed and didn’t want to wait for the 411 to come. My husband finally called one more time to update her and she advised us to go straight to the hospital. When we got there, I was 10cm dilated and had to push right away (no time to check in or change!). Although the earlier dealings with Erin weren’t as great (as I knew I should have gone to the hospital earlier), when it was time to push, she was amazing and knew what she was doing. Our baby girl arrived within one hour of arriving at the hospital. Erin was great and we Thank her so much for her support that night and ensuring a smooth delivery and after care. My postpartum support was with Rachel and I can not thank her enough. As new parents, you always worry with your first child and want to make sure you are doing everything right. Rachel’s support was invaluable and she reminded us that we were doing a great job. She was great with Emilia and helped me with breastfeeding positions. It was wonderful to have in home visits with her during a pandemic. Her visits were never timed, didn’t seem rushed. She would be there for as long as you needed her and always answered our questions (no matter how silly they sounded)! I hope to deal with her again in the future. I recommended Access Midwives to friends and to my sister who also dealt with Amanda and Rachel during her pregnancy. Thank you again!"
- Pia Bojeski
"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! "
- Karen Lai Drake
"Wonderful midwives and pregnancy experience. I had intense anxiety about labour and birth, and I felt immediately taken care of and at ease with my midwives - Amanda, Beth & Rachel. They are all amazing and took care of me and my family so well through a 40 hour labour process. I highly recommend Access Midwives to any expecting woman!"
- Shelby Martin
"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!!!"
- Jessica Delange
"Just wanted to send a quick THANK YOU to the Blue Team for the incredible care we received during my pregnancy and at my daughter Everly’s birth! Connie was amazing during the delivery day and was so supportive of the Hypnobirthing I was practicing. It was a great day and we’re so happy she was able to be there with us!"
- Amie S.
"I've had two babies delivered through access midwives. What a great experience through pregnancy, delivery, and after. Very professional, knowledgeable, and caring. I just had my second baby, and a midwife named Simone made this experience amazing. I have never received such care, I felt like she went above and beyond than what I ever expected. She gave me so much knowledge, and support through it all. She did most of my appointments through pregnancy and after birth. I felt the baby and I were very much cared for. Tamara helped me through labour by answering my phone calls every two hours through panic haha, and delivered my baby. I have no complaints, and if I ever have a third baby, I will be coming back. Thank you to an amazing team. Thank you Simone for always going above and beyond."
- Maegan Spilotro
"Simone and Tamara were my midwives. Both of them were incredible. I was so impressed with the amount of experience they had, along with how kind, compassionate, and thorough they were. At each visit, I felt like any question was welcome and was answered thoroughly. I cannot thank them enough for the care they provided me during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum. I truly felt like they were a part of our family experience, cheering us on and joining in the excitement the whole way. I know they see and deliver so many babies weekly, but I truly felt like I was number one in their eyes. Having such frequent and thorough care the whole way through was a true gift. Thank you, thank you thank you! The only constructive criticism I can give is that I was surprised at how little they knew about Natural Family Planning and it's credibility. After delivery, it was recommended to me to go on birth control. This was very surprising to me, as they had previously always offered such natural options when it came to medications and interventions. Birth control is so harsh on a woman's system, and Natural Family Planning is just as effective, without the nasty side effects. But I didn't feel my midwives acknowledged this research. My husband and I use a method called Creighton/NaPro Technology, which has also helped us in our fertility journey by monitoring progesterone before and during pregnancy. I know this made the difference in carrying our baby to term, (as we had previously miscarried likely due to low progesterone) but the midwives weren't as knowledgeable in this area. My recommendation would be for the midwives to take a course in Natural Family Planning, particularly Creighton (NaPro Technology) so that they can improve their amazing care even further. "
- Kathleen LeBlanc
"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 :)"
- Relle LB
"We came to access midwives because we needed to give birth at McMaster, and a friend of ours that had twins recommended them. And we are so thankful that she did. Rachel, Amanda, and Connie were our team, and they were amazing. We had some extra medical issues that needed to be navigated, and the girls were not possessive, but rather, always concerned about our health above all else, and even referred us to a medical team at McMaster for some pre-birth treatments. They were there for us 24/7, and really helped us to weed through the mountain of information out there for new parents. And in the end, we ended up having to have an emergency c-section anyway, but the midwives were still there by our side all the way through, and for months after, making sure that we not only made it through the labour, but through the first steps of new parenthood. We aren't likely to have another child, but if we did, we would most definitely be doing so with Access Midwives."
- Catlin and April Homer
"Very satisfied with my experience as a first time mom with Access Midwives. I would absolutely recommend them. Amanda, Rachel and Sarah were absolutely amazing to me throughout my journey. Shout out to Simone as well who helped me through a somewhat difficult birth. They were always available and that help me a lot as this was my first time pregnant and I didn't know what to expect majority of the time. They were excellent at calming my fears and ensuring baby and I were ok. The first few weeks postpartum was more challenging than my entire pregnancy and these ladies ensured I was well taken care of. Not to mention the house calls in the middle of a pandemic. Cheers to you ladies. You guys are awesome!!!!"
- Shana-Kay Jack-Layne
"Absolutely loved my experience with access midwives so much that I went with them for both my pregnancies 7 yrs apart...I had Tamera and her team n also requested her again for my second...they were super knowledgeable and hands-on and made me feel like family...I've referred them to almost everyone I know who is pregnant and everyone just loves the experience as much as I did! If your on the fence about having a midwife don't be you won't regret it!"
- ckvp 2012
"We had Elise and Sarah as our midwives for our daughter born in 2015. Both were so kind, patient and knowledgeable. Loved the calm, caring and personal experience of midwife care and SO appreciated the postpartum visits. Wonderful, compassionate, very well-educated professionals 💕"
- LA Derouet
"I cannot thank my midwives enough for everything they did for my family this year. The prenatal and postpartum care were exceptional, in addition to the support and care through labour and delivery. I highly recommend Access Midwives for all the pregnant people out there! 5 stars!"
- Hope Freer
"I am a client of access midwives with my first child born this June. My midwife team was amazing throughout the entire pregnancy. I can’t say enough good things about the care that we received at access midwives. I would definitely return should we decide to have another child. Overall I highly recommend this service. Hint, make sure you request a midwife in advance to better your chances of getting one. "
- Laura Whitney
"Cannot praise my midwives enough. I received exceptional care with both my pregnancies and postpartum visits. I will definitely be using Access Midwives again if we decide to have a third baby."
- Vanessa Reis
"I loved my midwives! I've been with Access Midwives for both of my children, and the care I received both times was incredible. With my daughter my team consisted of Elise, Cait, and Madeline. They addressed every concern and question I had with care and respect. Whether they were doing a house call to check on me when I was sent home from work sick, helping me with a preterm labor scare, supporting me during labor and delivery, or aiding me in the adjustment to becoming a mom to two, this team had my back. They became like family to me, and I found I dreaded my six week appointment when I knew it was time to be discharged from their care. "
- Jessica Visser
"We were under the care of Sam and Sarah. We were well cared for from the very beginning of the pregnancy through our 6 weeks of postpartum care. Overall, I was very comfortable with the knowledge and care of our midwife team! A very different experience from our first born (not with Access Midwives) All thanks to the blue team! We would definitely recommend Access Midwives."
"I have been with Access for both of my children (2017@ mcmaster and 2019@ home) and have loved it both times! Tamara, Simone and Erin are amazing midwives! We had a student each time (Katryna and Amanda) and had wonderful experiences with them as well. Can’t wait to return to Access for future pregnancies!"
- Janet Sinasac
"I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone at Access Midwives (but especially to Sara, Lynlee and Emma) for being so supportive throughout my pre and postnatal care. I went through a very challenging time during my pregnancy and they went above and beyond on so many occasions to make sure I was okay, felt well and cared for. I can’t say enough good things about my experience, thank you!"
- Lindsay Sinclair
"For both of my kids I had an amazing experience and support from our midwives. I would definitely recommend this location."
- Melissa Philpott
"We’ve used Access Midwives with both of our daughters. I loved how much attention we got before the birth and the support and home visits afterwards! Neither one of my births were textbook to say the least but I was grateful to have the midwives with me (especially Simone and Tamara who have been on my teams for both babies). I will never understand why everyone doesn’t want to use them given that they are covered by OHIP!"
- Fran Lasowski
"I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with the Blue Team (Sarah, Sam and Genevieve). I came to them later in my pregnancy but they immediately were up to date with all of my information. They were incredibly thorough and very informative when answering any question I had. We especially loved the home visits afterwards. I have already recommended them to friends in the area."
- Shauna Peddle
"I had both my babies with the support of Access Midwives. In both situations, last minute my care got transferred over to the hospital due to complications but the midwives never left my side and continued to support me during my entire labour. I am so incredibly grateful for the care and support from day one in my pregnancy until after they were both born. I can’t thank Sarah, Emma, Sevanne and all the people at Access Midwives for giving me the best support and love during my pregnancies."
- Dana Jacobs
"Sam and Sarah were my care team for my me and my daughter. I recommend midwives to every single friend I know! The team was able to answer any questions along with calling me back after I paged them! Delivery went ao smoothly and Sam was a rockstar. My husband couldn't thank her enough! The level of care after my daughter was born was remarkable. It was a bitter sweet feeling being discharged from their care. Thank you Access Midwives!!"
- Nicole S
"I would highly recommend Access Midwives! Their team is fabulous from the admins to the few midwives we had the pleasure of meeting. Near the end of my pregnancy, I had a few extra ultrasounds and discussions with an OB. Sam K and Sarah T were always there to clarify anything for me and support me and my baby throughout the process. Sam was SO supportive and calming during my lengthy labour and ultimately the c-section that brought my babe earth side. She checked in on us frequently at the hospital and of course the 6-week post care is undeniably helpful and reassuring as a first time mom. We would hands down choose this practice again in the future!"
- Chelsea Marie
"I used Access Midwives for both of my deliveries. Sarah Donnelly-Hyde delivered them both. She was and always will be my knight in shining armour. She made the experience warm, relaxing, and minimally stressful for me and my family. ❤️ To her. Also had lots of help from Kristen, Emma, and Lynlee throughout the pregnancies. Wonderful group of people that I would recommend to safely bring your precious packages into the world. Thank you forever Mary Ellen Peace"
- Mary Ellen Cercone
"I was a client of access midwives with my first child born this May. Ashley, Sarah, and Genevieve were so amazing during pregnancy, labour, and during the first weeks after birth. My labour and delivery was not typical from being overdue, to requiring help to get labour started, and to ultimately having a c-section they helped us to make decisions by giving us all of the information, while never pushing us to go a certain way. After birth we had some difficulties initially and it was great to have the midwives come to our home, and they were always available to answer questions. As a first time mom, this was very important and helped to make those tough first weeks a little bit easier. I can’t say enough about the care we received at access midwives, and would definitely return should we decide to have another child."
- Christa Orschel
"Our daughter was born in early 2016, Kristy and Jules served as our midwives and the care and support we received was unparalleled. Appointments were frequent providing ample opportunity for questions and discussion, and information was presented in an unbiased and non judgemental atmosphere. Both midwives were exceptionally professional, but also warm and nurturing. Once my daughter was born, the home visits were an absolute blessing for a couple of tired parents. If we have another child, I will absolutely be calling Access Midwives again, and will continue to recommend midwifery to everyone I know that is adding to their family. Thank you so much to all of Access Midwives staff for such a positive experience"
- Rachael Chegahno
"I was with Access Midwives for all 3 of my children. I cannot describe how much of a relief it was that I could always call them, that they came to the house, and just how much they cared for me and my children. Connie, Irina, Elise and Ana Maria were lifesavers."
- Dawn Regamey
"I can’t say enough about Access Midwives. So supportive and knowledgeable and they genuinely care about their patients and babies. The after-care was a lifesaver as well. I would recommend them to anyone."
- Sarah Nielson
"gave birth to a healthy baby girl using access midwives and returned to them to have my second baby in 2016 . I could never say enough good things about all the staff. I always felt well informed and taken care of - from the first call to our last visit. including home visits with my first born. 8 years of recommending them to fellow friends family and strangers and I'll continue to do so."
- Tyneesha Arsenault
"I only had the midwives for half of my pregnancy roughly....they made sure I had my ultrasounds on time and my appointments that were needed and always kept an eye on size of baby etc...what I liked the most was the after care when they come to your home...that was really helpful. Thank you Sam and Sarah for being awesome!"
- Tina Beverly
"Both of my births were great examples of how amazing midwives are, and how seamlessly they work with other healthcare professionals. My first was breech, within minutes of the confirming ultrasound my midwife called us to talk about options, and within the hour another midwife met us at the hospital for a consult with an OB. We chose to have a c section, and during the surgery, my midwife was there explaining what was going on and providing immeasurable emotional support. My second time I was determined to have a VBAC. My midwives encouraged, supported, and educated me to prepare for vaginal birth. My baby was very big and my labour was long, the midwives didn't hesitate to bring in the OB when baby's heart rate dropped, and although I ended up needing a vaccuum extraction by the OB, my midwives were still at the forefront, rooting me on. Frankly, I only felt like I could do it because of them. It felt like we were all in it together, not like I was just another pregnant lady being pushed through the system. In addition to all that, the post-partum support midwives provided to me and my family was instrumental in our survival with a newborn! I could never imagine not having a midwife and I joyfully recommend them to anyone and everyone! We love you, Sarah, Ashley, Genevieve, Kristen and Madeleine! Thank you for all you have done for our family!"
- Sara Langford
"Best care an expectant mother could get! Recommend midwives to EVERY expecting woman! Thank you for caring for myself and my little ones."
- Stephanie Oleniacz
"Sarah and Sam were an incredible team and I hope I am able to have them again in the future. I cannot say enough about how amazing Sam was during my delivery. Her calming presence and way of guiding me through decisions made me feel so comfortable and confident. She truly has a gift and any pregnant woman would be lucky to have her by their side during this amazing experience. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart."
- Meagan McCallum
"I had a great experience, I developed anxiety in pregnancy and my team Tamara, Simone and Erin were all so good at keeping me calm and happy during pregnancy at my home birth and the 6 weeks after. If I wasn't done having kids I would so use them again."
- Christina Lacaba
"Sometimes you come across an individual who is so passionate and great at their job. Tamara is definitely this person and I am so thankful I found her and her team! Thank you for delivering my baby and helping my husband and I throughout the entire process. I honestly don’t think my delivery would have of gone as smooth without your guidance and expertise. Thank you so much Tamara, Simone & Erin for all of your help, patience and knowledge throughout my pregnancy, birth and post-partum period. If we decide to have a second baby in the future I hope I am lucky enough to have your team help me through the pregnancy again."
- Erin Leigh