I guess this means we’re official. See Born Midwives Cambridge official media release below.
Feb 14, 2013 – 4:11 PM
New midwifery clinic born in city
A group of Cambridge midwives may have a full grasp on what it’s like for anxious mothers leading up to the birth of a baby.
But they are experiencing a new kind of angst leading up to their own arrival. They’re welcoming their own child of sorts, a new practice named Born Midwives, which officially opens next week.
It’s been a long and emotional road getting the necessary approvals to open the new practice, explained Bev Langlois, one of four midwives operating the practice. She remembers the moment the clinic received the go-ahead from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
“The tears started rolling down my cheeks, and I said ‘Yes!’”
Nestled on the second floor of the ReMax building at 766 Hespeler Rd., the clinic is expected to answer a growing need for midwifery in the region.
On a broader scale, the need for more support is becoming clear and surveys show that one-third of obstetricians and gynecologists are planning to retire in the next five years.
More locally, Cambridge is still in desperate need of family doctors, potentially leaving some expectant mothers without their own family physician, not to mention all-important prenatal care.
The new Born midwifery clinic, staffed by midwives Langlois, Diana Doe, Tahereh Barmi and Mitra Sadeghipour, can take on 40 clients a year.
While modern midwifery practices offer all the modern medical technologies available, from on-site lab testing to birthing in the hospital, the brand of care provided remains a throw back to old-fashioned care.
Langlois said one of her favourite parts of being a midwife is getting to know the families, and she can recite the dates and times each of her infant clients were born.
“It’s something that stays with you, it’s so special.”
Aiming to dispel myths, Barmi said midwives’ services are covered by OHIP and women can choose to have their babies at home or in hospital. For more info, visit www.bornmidwives.ca.
***Note: Diana was busy delivering the second official baby of our clinic during the news interview!***