We will be present during your active labour and birth, and stay until 2 to 4 hours postpartum. Due to the continuity and additional follow-up we provide, some women choose to leave the hospital as early as three hours, after the birth. This is a reasonable choice for women who have midwifery care and meet the criteria for early discharge, as the midwife will visit within 12-24 hours after the birth. Your midwife is available 24 hours a day by pager, if needed. This ensures that women can safely return to the comfort of their own homes. Other women choose to stay in the hospital overnight or to a maximum of 60 hours.
At a minimum we do 5 postpartum visits, with more visits occurring, if required. We will visit you at home or in hospital on day 1, day 3 and day 5-7. The visits occurring between days 10-14 and your discharge visit at approximately 6 weeks, both take place back at the clinic Care after the birth includes monitoring of your baby's growth and development, your well-being and adjustment to parenthood, as well as breastfeeding support. At 6 weeks, your baby will be discharged back into the care of your baby’s family doctor, pediatrician or naturopath.