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Coming Soon: Midwifery 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).

The Latest (March 2019)

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our project charter for the implementation of the midwifery services has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. This means that we can proceed with the next steps in the development of midwifery services, which will be based at the clinic on Centre street. This is a big step forward!

What does this approval mean? It is an agreement to fund :

  • the necessary renovations at the Centre street clinic ;
  • the hiring of human resources to assist the Head of Midwifery Services, Claudia Faille, in setting up the project, and subsequently in offering care;
  • the purchasing of equipment and supplies for the project;
  • the ongoing operations of our midwifery services;

We have also received approval from the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (MWI IUHSSC) to establish a clinical agreement that will allow our midwives to work with their hospitals (St.Mary’s and Lasalle) for births, consultations and transfers of care when necessary. This is excellent news, given that these are the hospitals that the residents of Montreal’s great SouthWest generally go to deliver their babies.

Midwifery services will begin in the fall of 2019. We will keep you posted! The services offered by the midwifery team at the Centre street clinic will be transitional, as we continue to take the necessary steps towards opening our Birthing Centre. During the transitional stage, we will be offering homebirth and hospital birth (Lasalle and St-Mary’s).

2019 will be the year that midwifery services in the Pointe are born ; the perfect addition to the 50th anniversary festivities of the Clinic!

What will these services consist of?

Midwifery services are for pregnant women living in the Great Southwest of Montreal, including Verdun.

Midwifery services 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 of the project

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.

I need the services of a midwife now, what sould I do?

Until these services are offered at the Clinic, they are available at the Community Birthing Centre in Pointe-Claire, Côte-des-Neiges or Jeanne-Mance, don't hesitate to contact them!