Midwives are now part of the birthing experience at Hanover and District Hospital.
Vice-president of patient care Ester Millar said the hospital provides family-centred birthing rooms with the comforts of home along with a range of options for pain management and the skills of the hospital’s doctors.
The new birthing unit can accommodate up to three expectant mothers at a time in specially designed rooms. There are also two family-centred suites where the mother and child can stay with family and friends during the recovery period.
Dr. Rochelle Dworkin, chief of obstetrics at the hospital, emphasized the collaborative relationship between midwives and others at the hospital.
“I think the practice of midwifery has advanced a lot in the past 20 years. It’s very safe obstetrics, they give wonderful care to their patients. I think we have a lot that we can teach each other and I think it’s going to be a very good thing for the hospital and the community,” she said.
Kelly Stadelbauer, executive director of the Association of Ontario Midwives who was on hand for Thursday’s launch of the new centre, said adding midwifery as an option in the hospital’s maternity care program shows the hospital’s dedication to keeping birth close to home for women and their families.
Midwifery has been regulated in Ontario for 20 years now. Midwives Grey Bruce, a collective which will provide midwives for the Hanover hospital, has been offering their services to women of the area for 30 years.
Adding midwives is part of the hospital’s strategic plan to provide services that meet the needs of patients said hospital CEO Katrina Wilson.
“Midwives provide that added advantage of one-on-one care,” she said.