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Coming Soon: Midwife Services and a Birthing Centre in the Point!

The Born in the Point committee (left to right): Emilie Corbeil (community and Board member), Céline Bianchi (community member), Danielle Laurendeau (community member), Claudia Faille (midwife services coordinator), Luc Leblanc (general coordinator), Lucie Lalande (child family/ public health coordinator), Francine Goyette (community member).

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Good news! At the beginning of 2018, the Clinic signed a service contract with Claudia Faille, midwife services coordinator. In her office on Centre Street, Ms. Faille works with the coordination team to set up the new midwife services and birthing centre. She’s very busy ensuring that these services can be offered as soon as possible. There is a lot to do, but the work is motivating! 

You will be informed as soon as midwife services become available at the Clinic.

What will these services consist of?

Midwives are autonomous, primary healthcare professionals in Quebec’s public health system, like family doctors. They provide comprehensive care throughout maternity, with a global approach of relational continuity and care.

  • Comprehensive care from beginning of pregnancy until six weeks postpartum for mother and baby;
  • Information sessions on services available to the public;
  • Complementary exams (lab tests, prescriptions, ultrasounds, etc.);
  • Prenatal classes;
  • Home birth and hospital birth during the first phase, then at birthing centre after it has opened;
  • Postpartum home visits;
  • Breast-feeding support;
  • Parents’ committee.

All services are covered by RAMQ.

Midwives work in collaboration with medical teams for any consultations and transfers needed during the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

Women should be able to choose the conditions in which their pregnancy and birth take place. Midwife and birthing centre services adopt a comprehensive and feminist approach to health.

History

2010: Founding of the Born in the Point collective, demanding that a birthing centre and midwife services be set up in Point St. Charles. 1753 community members sign in support of a birthing centre.

June 2011: The Clinic’s Annual General Assembly vote in support of Born in the Point’s project.  

November 2013: Application to Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal for midwife services and a birthing centre.

21 February 2014: Administrations of the CSSS Sud-Ouest Verdun and the CSSS Dorval-Lachine-Lasalle support Clinic to hire someone for the project.

January 2015: The Clinic secures MSSS funding and hires someone (May 2015) to carry out a feasibility study.  

August 2015: Support from the two regional CIUSS.

February 2016: Submission of feasibility study on setting up midwife services and a birthing centre in Point St. Charles.

February 2017: Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) recognizes the project.

August 2107: Funding agreement to hire a midwife services coordinator to set up the services and a birthing centre.