We’re proud to create maternity care that considers your individual needs. We’ll listen first, and ensure you have the information you need to make the best decisions for you and your baby.
What do midwives do?
Registered midwives are health care providers that specialize in normal pregnancy, labour, birth, and postpartum care. Midwives in BC can provide care from the start of your pregnancy and up to six weeks after you deliver.
Midwives can order any standard blood tests or ultrasounds, make referrals, and prescribe certain pregnancy related medications. They support education, informed decision-making, and evidence-based care.
Are midwives covered by MSP?
Yes, the services of a registered midwife are fully covered by BC’s Medical Services Plan.
Can I have a homebirth?
Although midwives do typically offer a choice of birthplace and are able to attend births at home, due to our volume and the multidisciplinary nature of our clinic we offer hospital births only. If you are considering a homebirth please make your preference known early so we can refer you to a midwifery group in Kelowna who provide that service.
What’s your view on pain medication during labour?
As your care providers, we will discuss all pain management options available for labour prior to the birth of your baby. If you wish to have pain medication in labour, including an epidural, your midwife will work with you and the health care team to facilitate this.
Most breastfeeding families benefit from a combination of education, social support and medical care. We can provide all three and there is no charge to you.
Postpartum Clinic Schedule
Tuesdays from 9am – 2pm (Appointment only)
Fridays from 9am – 2pm (Appointment only)
What is a lactation consultant or counselor?
Lactation consultants and counselors are experts on breastfeeding. Lactation consultants have taken special training and courses, while counselors rely on a wealth of personal experience. Both counselors and consultants are able to help you with breastfeeding including troubleshooting issues and improving latch.
When would I see a lactation consultant or counselor?
Our lactation counselors are available during our postpartum feeding clinics. If you’re coming for a postpartum visit on a Tuesday or a Friday, they will likely be the first care provider you see.
What happens during a breastfeeding support visit?
Our lactation counselors will help you weigh your baby, track their weight gain, and make suggestions for any feeding concerns you have. If you have a concern that they’re unable to address, the lactation counselor will refer you to our midwife.
Our childbirth educator leads classes in a welcoming group setting. Combine your midwife or doctor appointments with a prenatal class and build a support network as you transition into parenthood.
What is a childbirth educator?
Childbirth educators are knowledgeable about achieving a healthy pregnancy, the stages of normal labour and birth, coping skills in labour, local hospital facilities, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
When should I take a prenatal class?
Our prenatal classes are offered monthly and we recommend signing up in the third trimester. To register please speak with our MOA Deanna. The class takes place on a Saturday from 9am to 3pm. The next available prenatal classes are:
December 2nd, January 13th (2024), February 10th (2024)
Preference will be given to families receiving prenatal care at Maternity Care Westside, but classes are open to any expectant parents. If you are not a patient of ours, please call the clinic to inquire about availability. The cost is $100 for six hours of prenatal education.
What will I learn?
Our prenatal class includes recognising and navigating each of the stages of labour, pain relief options, normal labour & birth, as well as possible complications and interventions. You will also learn about newborn feeding and caring for a baby.