MODEL OF CARE
Registered midwives are health professionals who provide primary care to women and their babies during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Midwives are fully responsible for clinical decisions and the management of care within their scope of practice. You do not need a referral to seek the services of a midwife.
Midwives provide the complete course of care for low-risk women, including physical examinations, screening and diagnostic tests, the assessment of risk and abnormal conditions, and the conduct of normal vaginal deliveries. Midwives work in collaboration with other health professionals and consult with or refer to medical specialists if necessary.
The midwifery model of care promotes normal birth, enables women to make informed choices, and provides continuity of care and support throughout the childbearing experience. Midwives respect the woman’s choice of birthplace and can attend births in homes, birth centres, hospitals, or other appropriate locations.
Midwives base their approach on a respect for pregnancy and childbirth as normal physiological processes. They promote wellness in women, babies, and families, taking into consideration the social, emotional, cultural, and physical aspects of a woman’s reproductive experience.
For more information, visit the Canadian Midwifery Regulators’ Consortium What is a Canadian Registered Midwife? or view the Definition of a Midwife adopted by the International Confederation of Midwives July 2005.
Informed consent results from communication between a client and provider confirming that the client has made an informed and voluntary choice. Informed consent can only be obtained after the client has been given full information about the nature of the medical procedure, its associated risks and benefits, and other alternatives. True informed consent cannot be obtained by means of inducement, force, deceit, duress, bias, or other forms of coercion or misrepresentation. Informed client choice is a foundational tenet at JoySpring.
Whether you receive assistance from a trusted family member or from a doula, research has shown that the presence of a knowledgeable support person results in a more positive birth experience, aiding in overall success for those women seeking a natural birthing process.
During postpartum visits, midwives monitor the health of mother and baby, provide breastfeeding support, and ensure the client is adjusting nicely in her transition to motherhood. The baby is monitored for weight gain and overall wellness. Postpartum care concludes at about 6 weeks, at which time mothers and babies are referred to their family physician or pediatrician.
APPLY FOR CARE
Government funding is not available for women who do not have an active Alberta Provincial Health Number (PHN). In this case, JoySpring offers privately paid midwifery services. Please contact our office for information on fees.
Alberta Health Services strictly limits public funding for midwifery care. Many women choose privately paid midwifery services as a valuable investment in their well-being, safety, and satisfaction. If you are interested in paying privately for midwifery care at JoySpring, please contact our office to discuss payment arrangements.
Research shows that midwifery-led continuity of care is key to achieving the best physical and emotional outcomes for mothers and babies. Engaging a midwife is the ideal way to receive continuity of care from a known and trusted care provider.