There are times when a client planning to delivery in St. Thomas or at home may have an appointment or need to be assessed or have their baby at Victoria Hospital. Some examples are preterm labour prior to 34 weeks or complications with the pregnancy that requires a higher level of care.
Midwives have many roles when on call and taking pages, even if it is daytime. We may be sleeping following being up all night, dealing with an emergency, or delivering a baby. For this reason, we ask that you please reserve paging for EMERGENCIES ONLY.
PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE ABOUT THE FOLLOWING 519-637-2224
If it is time sensitive, please indicate that in your message, otherwise Lynda will return your call or have a midwife return your call within 48hrs
Changing or confirming an appointment
Inquiring when a midwife will be doing a homevisit
Reviewing blood work or ultrasound results
General questions- about diet, exercise, travel, COVID or other illnesses, prescriptions, work letters, etc.
PLEASE PAGE 519-435-6540FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
Vaginal bleeding – (spotting is normal after having a vaginal exam or sex)
Severe pain in your belly; abdominal pain
Severe headache, blurred vision, new nausea or vomiting
Waters break – please pay attention to the colour and smell of the fluid
Decreased or lack of fetal movement
Fever higher than 38 C (100.4 F) uncontrolled by Tylenol
Regular contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy
You think you have a bladder infection
You need to go to the Emergency Department for a problem that is not related to pregnancy and you are more than 20 weeks (5 months) pregnant. If LESS than 20 wks- please just attend the ER if concerned and inform us of the visit by calling the office afterwards
PAGE DURING LABOUR:
If this is your 1st baby
if your contractions are strong, 4 minutes (or less) apart, lasting 1 minute and this pattern has been going on for at least an hour (4-1-1)
If this is NOT your 1st baby
if your contractions are strong, about 5 minutes apart and strong
if contractions are very strong, even if they are not regular.
your water breaks – Note the colour, smell, and baby’s movements
you are bleeding and it is like a period or running down your leg
If you think you are in labour and are confused or not coping well
PAGE AFTER BIRTH IF YOU HAVEANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Completely soaked through a maternity pad in 30 minutes or less
A fever of greater than 38 C (100.4 F)
A sore, red, painful, hot area on your breast or chest
Persistent uterine tenderness
A vaginal discharge that smells very bad. It should smell like a strong period-smell
Blurry vision, upper abdominal pain or severe headache
Ongoing feelings of depression, uncontrolled crying, inability to sleep or eat, extreme anxiety or agitation
Sore reddened, painful, hot area on your leg, especially the calf
Severe chest pain
PAGE IF YOUR BABYHAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Is breathing more than 1 breath/second for more than 10 minutes. It will look like panting for longer that 10minutes.
Has not peed or pooped in the first 24 hours after the birth
Will not eat for greater than 6 hours
Has a temperature of greater than 37.5 C/ 99.5 F or less than 36.3 C (97.3 F)
Olivia Mickie is a second-year Midwifery BHSc student at McMaster University. She first completed an HBSc in Kinesiology at Queen’s University in Kingston, which helped her find midwifery. She is very passionate about reproductive health and justice and find midwifery to be a great place for her to pursue this passion. Some of her hobbies include biking, traveling, and walking my dogs. She was our student January 4, 2022.
Hello, my name is Bronwyn Rush and I am in my final year of midwifery school. I grew up in Beamsville, Ontario and have always enjoyed living in a smaller town. I have previously completed an undergraduate degree in health sciences from the University of Western Ontario. In my fourth year at Western I was struggling to find a career that I wanted to pursue when I graduated, until I learned more about midwifery while researching a project on rural maternal health in Ontario. I was interested in being able to empower women to make informed decisions regarding their own health and midwifery seemed to be the perfect fit for me. So far I am really enjoying my midwifery education through McMaster University and love working with the Elgin County Midwives. Bronwyn was our student in 2021.
All midwives practicing in Ontario have graduated from rigorous midwifery education programs. They become experts in uncomplicated birth and emergency procedures by studying health, social and biological sciences in the classroom, completing clinical placements under the supervision of experienced midwives, attending births as secondary and primary care providers, and providing prenatal and postpartum care in midwifery clinics and clients’ homes.
There are four possible educational paths to becoming a midwife in this province:
The Midwifery Education Program (MEP), offered at Laurentian, McMaster and Ryerson universities, is a four-year degree program that awards graduates a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree in midwifery.
At Elgin County Midwives our students primarily come from the McMaster Midwifery program. There are many great benefits to having a student. Many clients really enjoy the extra learning they receive both from the client but also from they midwife as she teaches and guides the student through their learning. Midwifery is a hands on profession and there is only one way to learn – hands on!
Elgin County Midwives are committed to providing an inclusive, safe environment for all of our clients, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, religion, relationship status, immigration/citizenship status or ethnic origin.
Same great midwives but now fully dedicated to St. Thomas, Aylmer and the rest of Elgin County. As of December 1 we will no longer be part of Talbot Creek Midwives. TCM will continue to exist in Komoka and serving the families of London and Middlesex County.
Our office address remains 66 West Ave in St. Thomas. The telephone number is the same – 519 637 2224 but we have a new fax number (I know! faxes! but honestly they are still used a lot in healthcare! It’s weird) Our new fax number is 226 406 5833.