At Maternity Care Midwives our clients safety is our top priority, we are currently implementing the following to keep our clients safe and reduce the spread of Coronavirus during this pandemic (most recent update April 13th) :
- We ask that if you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms or feel unwell or have had close contact with anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of sense of smell) to stay home in self-isolation and call for your appointment.
- If you have traveled anywhere outside of Canada in the past two weeks we are asking you stay home under self-isolation for a period of two weeks and call for your appointment.
- We ask that if possible to attend appointments ON YOUR OWN (we are trying to reduce the number of people in our waiting room- as per guidelines) and strongly urge for children to stay at home, we will be closing the children play area until further notice. As cute as your littles are – they are very good a spreading the virus. If spouses are required for transportation we request they stay in the vehicle
- Midwives received a order from the chief medical officer of Ontario to reduce non-essential visits on March 19th. As per The World Health Organization recommended visits for a positive pregnancy outcome, we have received guidance on what visits are deemed essential. The majority of clinicians providing maternity care across Canada have switched to this in order to reduce the risks to their patients and themselves during the pandemic. The visit schedule is : one visit in the first trimester, two visits in the second trimester 16-20, 28 weeks. Five contacts in the third trimester: 31-32, 34-36, 38, 39, 40, 41 weeks. This does not apply to pregnancies that we consider more high risk. We will also offer phone appointments as a alternative, to those who would prefer at this time. Postpartum visits will be individually assessed
- At Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Center Women in labour are allowed 1 essential care partner (cannot exchange people). Your partner is allowed into the hospital at the time of your admission. They are able to stay for 6 hours from the time of birth of the baby or until the end of visiting hours (whichever is longer). Your partner will be allowed to return during regularly scheduled visiting hours. The partner is not allowed to go to the cafeteria, so please bring a cooler of food for your partner. Your essential care partner will not be permitted if suspect of COVID or having any COVID symptoms.
- Due to concerns related to aerosolization and spreading the virus with entonox (aka nitrous oxide or laughing gas) it will no longer be offered for the time being at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Labour and Delivery. All other forms of analgesia remain available.
- Use of the tubs in the birthing suits at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is not permitted during the current outbreak.
- If you are under self-isolation and are unsure if you need to go the hospital or page-please complete novel coronavirus self assessment tool. Still unsure? call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak to a nurse/doctor