Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative Support Person Update

We would like to inform current clients of the Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative that after much consideration we have made the decision to change our policy regarding support people entering the clinic. It was previously recommended by the College of Midwives of Alberta that we limit those entering the clinic to people requiring medical services.

We are, however, also acutely aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental and emotional health of many. As such, effective immediately, our clients may bring 1 support person inside the clinic for their visits if they feel it will benefit their care or wellbeing.

In accordance with Public Health guidelines we will continue to require the following (for anyone over the age of 2):

  • Sanitize or wash your hands upon entry
  • Wear a mask while inside the clinic
  • Maintain physical distance of 2 metres from anyone outside your cohort/household

We hope to be able to continue this current policy of allowing clients to bring a support person to appointments, and we ask for your support in keeping everyone that enters our clinic safe. We encourage you and anyone you are in contact with to follow Public Health recommendations, and limit your in-person activities to those that are necessary. This will help to ensure that we all work together to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in Edmonton, and that we can continue to support our clients in this way. We will continue to keep our clients updated should recommendations or safety relating to this policy change, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure that you have access to safe and supportive care.

The Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative’s Response to COVID-19 Global Pandemic:

We are working at The Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative to keep our clients as protected and informed as possible. Our team is responding to rapidly evolving information and recommendations from Alberta Health Services in order to assist in preventing spread of the virus. Please help us manage the spread of COVID-19 by following these recommendations:

  • Remember to wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face and cover up sneezes/coughing with sleeves or tissues. Additionally, we recommend that you practice social distancing by avoiding all unnecessary outings and interactions.
  • If you have a fever (38.0 degrees Celsius or higher), have any respiratory illness, or cough, or have been exposed to someone who is symptomatic or positive for COVID-19, please contact Health Link 811.
  • If you have recently travelled outside of Canada, please self-isolate for 14 days after your trip to monitor for symptoms, call 811, and call your midwife to discuss a plan for self-isolation.
  • If you are uncertain whether you should be self-isolating or believe you meet any of the above criteria, please call 811.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate this challenging
time. We appreciate your help in working to keep all of our clients, midwives, and
clinic staff healthy!

Resources:

Other Resources:

Dr. Jack Newman’s International Breastfeeding Centre
Empowers parents with up-to-date, real, practical chest/breastfeeding help.”

Evidence Based Birth
An online childbirth resource that informs, empowers and inspires expecting parents, to understand the latest, proven, evidence-based care practices. 

AOM Client Handouts:

Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth
ASAC believes parents have the right and the responsibility to make informed choices about childbirth and that a full range of options should be available to them – in the hospital, at home, in a birthing centre, and with professional caregivers of their choice.  They are particularly oriented toward midwifery, and are based in Edmonton, Alberta. ASAC offers a wealth of resources ranging from an on-site library and playgroup, to events, a blog and the Birth Issues magazine publication, and much more. 

Edmonton Babywearers Facebook Group
This is a group meant to give info and support centered around babywearing, for the Edmonton Area.

Edmonton LGBTQIA2S+ Pregnancy and Parenting Community
The Edmonton LGBTQIA2S+ Pregnancy and Parenting Group is an online space hosted by the Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative. It is a private group for queer/trans* folks and allies to build community and support one another, anywhere on their journey from conception to parenting.”

La Leche League Canada 
A not-for-profit organization that offers free support, in-person, by phone, online, and in informal local group meetings. Qualified volunteer Leaders will be there to support you by providing evidence-based information on breastfeeding and human milk. Visit their website to locate an upcoming meeting in your area, or to access other helpful resources. 

7 Swaddles 
This online resource includes videos and step-by-step instructions for a variety of swaddling techniques. Swaddling can be a useful strategy that may help your baby (and your family) sleep better. 

Doula Association of Edmonton
The Doula Association of Edmonton (DAE) was formed in 1994 for the purpose of advancing and promoting labour support as an option for childbearing families in Alberta. Individuals seeking the services of a doula can access the referral-service on their website.

Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Trans People and Allies
This group is intended for sharing information and experiences about pregnancy, birth and nursing amongst trans and genderfluid/gender neutral people anywhere on the gender spectrum, at any point in transition (or pre-transition). It is also for allies, especially health care providers, who want to support our community. We all share an interest in supporting trans people who are birthing and/or nursing our babies.”

Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative Community
This group is an online space hosted by the Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative. It aims to create community and to allow space for families who have received care from our midwives to support each other on their pregnancy and parenting journey.”

Vannessa Brown Photopraghy
Many thanks to Vannessa Brown Photography for allowing us to showcase their beautiful, local birth photographs on our site. Vannessa has photographed more than 80 birth stories at every hospital, at the birth center, in the operating room, in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and with every midwifery clinic.

Photographs that bring you back to the moments you thought you’d never forget.
-Vannessa Brown