Preparing For Your First Appointment
PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
We are unable to provide any medical care prior to your first appointment. This includes, but not limited to: ordering tests, providing medical advice or recommendations, and providing prescriptions.
If you have any concerns, questions related to your pregnancy prior to your first appointment you will need to follow up with either your family doctor, walk-in or nearest emergency hospital.
You can start your prenatal testing through your Family Doctor. They will be able to order blood work and a dating/early ultrasound. Should you choose to start on your testing prior to seeing us, please inform your Family Doctor of your appointment with us. If you can, please either bring us copies of any test you have completed, or send a records request (found on our contact page) to your family doctor to release your records.
Follow the medical advice given by your doctor.
What to expect & How to prepare
We're thrilled you have chosen us for your pregnancy! Below you'll find steps how how you can prepare for your first appointment with us. We have made changes to our clinic during COVID-19 and have included this information below.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
The first appointment is 1 hour in length
Text the office phone number when you arrive with your name and appointment time.
Durham Clinic: 905-427-5407 Markham: 905-209-0330
COMPLETE THE ONLINE COVID SCREENING FOUND HERE: https://www.durhammidwives.com/covidscreening
You may enter the building after you have checked in and you've passed your screening. Do not enter more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment to reduce your wait time in the waiting room.
Masks are mandatory upon entering the clinic.
Due to COVID-19 our clinic has restrictions in place and unfortunately Partners, children, family or friends are not permitted in the building at this time. You are more than welcome and we encourage you to video call your partner during any of the in person visits.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During your first appointment your Midwife will take a detailed medical history and family history as part of assessing your overall health. This includes finding out about any prior pregnancies, illnesses or operations and what medicines you’re taking. We will also want to know if you have any current health problems and if you are allergic to any medicines.
We will also check your blood pressure, weight and height. You will also be offered blood work to check your blood group and whether you have anaemia, any infectious diseases or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as checking whether you have rubella immunity. You will also be offered urine testing to check for potential UTI's. We will give you requitions for you to for these test, which you will visit your local lab to complete. We will not be drawing blood work at your first appointment.
We do not perform ultrasounds in office. If you require or opt for ultrasounds in pregnancy, we will provide you with a requisition to complete this at an ultrasound department in the community.
We will calculate how many weeks you have been pregnant and the due date of your baby. We recommend that you reach out to your Family Doctor if you are not sure of your due date. A dating scan can be done prior to your first appointment with us between 7-10 weeks gestation.
If you choose to have enhanced First Trimester Screening (eFTS), this testing can be arranged with our clinic at your first appointment and in the first trimester of your pregnancy, within a certain time window: from 11 weeks 2 days to 13 weeks 3 days gestation. You will schedule a nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound and a blood test within this time window at your local lab/ultrasound department. For more information: click here