Updates & Resources

Stay up to date with the changes to our clinic, your care and resources on COVID-19

HOW WE'RE OPERATING

If you have traveled outside of Canada OR have been in contact with someone who has traveled please self-isolate, do not attend your appointment and email the clinic to inform us. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, inform your Midwife by emailing the clinic. 

In order to limit exposure the clinic is limiting appointments to the pregnant client/newborn only. Do not bring your partner, children, friends or family members to your appointments until further notice. The clinic doors will remain locked during this time and we ask that you wait in the car until your Midwife is ready to assess you in person.

We are asking clients to wear a mask to their in-clinic appointments. Please bring your own when possible as PPE for Midwives are already limited.  Here is how to properly put on your mask: click here

 

You will receive a phone call from the Midwife when they are ready. During this time we ask that you answer UNKNOWN ID as staff and Midwives may be using their personal cell phones to call you. 

Remember to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. 

Clinic Appointments

During this time we have adapted appointments to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Clinic visits will be shorter in length.

3 visits until 28 weeks. 
(10-12, 16-20, 28wks)

 

5 Visits after 25 weeks

(32, 36, 39, 40, 41wks)

Postpartum visits

For low risk healthy newborns: 

1 in person assessment in the first 48 hours after birth to complete newborn screening for clients discharged early from hospital. 

1 in person assessment at 1 week postpartum

All other postpartum visits will be done via phone call or videoconferencing 

THE CLINIC

Admin staff are working from home at this time. You can email for non-urgent questions or to schedule your next appointment. 

The clinic door will be remain locked at all times and the waiting room is closed during this time. 

Please wear a mask to your in clinic visit

Please wait in your car and the Midwife will call you when they are ready to let you in for you appointment. 

HOSPITAL CHANGES

Changes and restrictions have been implemented at Markham Stouffville Hospital. 

Visitor limitation is in effect at this time. Clients are currently allowed to bring 1 support person to labour and delivery. 

For more information: 

PREPARING FOR YOUR 1ST APPOINTMENT

We're thrilled you have chosen us for your pregnancy! During these trying times our process for 1st appointments look a little different. Below you'll find steps how how you can prepare for your first appointment with us. 

1. Complete the online intake form and client information form (Once you've been accepted). Book an appointment with us through email between 10-12 weeks.

 

2. Print the paperwork below and prepare to bring these to your first appointment. We ask that you complete as much as you can and you will have a chance to discuss these with your Midwife.  

3. The first appointment is an hour in length, however it won't be all in person. Please arrive to the clinic for your scheduled appointment time and wait in your car. The Midwife will call you (*answer calls from unknown ID*), the initial appointment will take place over the phone.

 

4. Once the phone portion is complete, the Midwife will let you in to the clinic to complete the physical assessment and you'll receive your paperwork for any test you may need to do. Please note we have a visitor restriction in place - no partner's, children, family or friends are allowed into the clinic at this time and our doors remain locked. We thank you for your understanding. 

Resources

Below are a list of resources in relation to the current pandemic related to pregnancy, postpartum care and breastfeeding. 

World Health Organization

Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding

COVID - ONTARIO

Ontario Government Information

Download Handouts

Markham & Durham Midwives Handout

No-Panic Help Guide

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

SOGC

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologist of Canada

AOM

Association of Ontario Midwives

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