Toronto Birth Centre: Opening

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Wednesday, January 22nd 1PM-8PM

Thursday, January 23rd 9AM-4PM

All welcome~Clients, hospital staff, neighbours, stakeholders, midwives, colleagues, friends

Guided tours of the new clinic and birthing facility space will be heldevery hour~Starts in the classroom on the 2nd floor~

525 Dundas St. EastToronto, ON

www.torontobirthcentre.ca

VISION
To be a space where women, families and communities can access safe and culturally respectful birthing care.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Toronto Birth Centre Inc. is to achieve optimal health and wellness for the whole community through culturally integrated care, education and research, and through supporting the practice of Aboriginal midwifery in its fullest scope both culturally and professionally.

Who can plan to have a baby at the Toronto Birth Centre?
The Toronto Birth Centre is a fully regulated health care facility and provides birthing services free of charge.

You can plan to have your baby at the Toronto Birth Centre if you:
• have a registered midwife,
• are in good health, and
• are having a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.

The Birth Centre does not handle complicated births such as premature births. The Birth Centre is midwife-led, which means that there are no doctors or nurses on site. At the Birth Centre, you will be attended by registered midwives (usually two), along with any support people you wish to bring. Midwifery students play an important role at the birth centre, providing both organizational and clinical support. Epidurals, inductions, C-sections or other hospital-based services are not available at the Birth Centre. Your midwife can discuss other forms of labour support, pain relief and care with you. Midwives are experts in normal pregnancy and birth and are trained to deal with emergencies. In addition, the Birth Centre is ready to deal with urgent situations and emergency transfers to hospitals, if required.

The first step is to find a registered midwife.
If you are considering having your baby at the Birth Centre, your midwife will make the necessary arrangements. We expect demand will be high and will do our best to accommodate everyone.

How do I find a registered midwife?
A registered midwife is a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO). Midwives provide primary care to women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and to both the mother and the baby up to six weeks following the birth.

For information on midwifery in Ontario or to find a registered midwife; you can visit the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) website: www.cmo.on.ca or the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) website:www.ontariomidwives.ca, or call 416-425-9974.

Read about the Birth Centre's first day in the Toronto Star: First look inside revolutionary Toronto Birth Centre