During early labour, you will be in the comfort of your own home with your support person/people. We will have reviewed ways to cope with early labour during your prenatal appointments.
You will page the midwife when you think you are in active (regular, strong contractions) labour. The initial labour assessment is done at home or hospital, based on your choice of birthplace and what has been discussed with your midwife. Once active labour has been established, your midwife will monitor both you and your baby closely and are fully trained and prepared for a variety of issues that may arise.
You will have access to the on-call pager to call us when you are in labour, and we will respond within 15 minutes (usually much quicker).
When to Page
We initially provide you with a list of emergencies that you need to page your midwife during pregnancy. If your question is not urgent, please contact our office, and then your midwife will attempt to get back to you as soon as she can. (The same day or the day after). We wish to be contacted by you when you believe labour is established and will review with you in the last few weeks of pregnancy what to look for. Once your labour becomes active, your midwife will meet you at the hospital or come to your home if you’ve planned a home delivery.
Continuity of Care
Our goal is to provide continuity of care, including having someone you know present throughout your labour and delivery. We hope this will be a midwife from your team. However, midwives take on several clients every month. Each pregnant person has a 5-week time span during which they would be considered term- or ready- to have their baby. This is why we work on teams at Born Midwives. So you have a very good chance of knowing your care provider during the birth process. Sometimes we experience periods of extreme busyness, and none of the midwives on your team may be available. In this case, another one of our fantastic midwives will look after you until a midwife you know is available.