Last update: Feb 13th at 1:00pm EST.
Please be reassured that as your healthcare providers we are prepared for this pandemic situation. Your midwifery team will continue to provide excellent, personalized care. There are some things you can do to keep your risk low, and some changes made at our clinics and the hospital to keep everyone safe.
If you have flu, or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) please DO NOT come to the clinic OR if you have recently travelled please contact your midwife using our pager system to make a plan. If you meet criteria for testing, our local Public Health can be accessed by dialing 311.
Here are the steps that we have put in place to help keep you safe:
Clients can bring 1 support person with them to clinic visits. This person does not have to be consistent throughout your care. Your support person must be over the age of 5 and fully vaccinated. (Defined as at least 2 doses at this time). Anyone visiting the office must pass Covid screening. We ask all clients and support persons to self screen by taking their temperature even if they feel well. If you have a temperature over 37.5 please page your midwife to come up with an alternate treatment plan. Clients are REQUIRED to wear a mask that they bring from home.
In addition to pre-screening efforts, Burlington & Area Midwives will be following WHO guidelines for care during uncomplicated pregnancies. Before a physical visit takes place a virtual or phone visit will occur to minimize time spent in our office. As your midwives, we are committed to ensuring safe and comprehensive care while also assisting our clients to practice social distancing and prevent unnecessary exposures during this challenging time.
We have always complied with IPAC standards, disinfecting examination surfaces and equipment between clients. In addition we have now enhanced cleaning of the office both during clinic hours and at the end of the day. We use hospital-grade cleaning supplies.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic situation in our community we have been asked to direct our clients to this specific information on the Joseph Brant Hospital website for details regarding the precautions that they require at this time.
Your postpartum stay can be reduced if no clinical concerns exist and it is safe to be discharged to your home. As always home based care (home labour, birth, early discharge) is available and encouraged for those who are low risk and asymptomatic. We understand these changes may affect previously planned support and postpartum stay-please discuss with your midwife if you have further questions. It is our goal to reduce risk to families and care providers as best as possible.
As things evolve we will update you further. We all need to work together to stay safe and healthy.
The midwives and staff of Burlington & Area Midwives.
Midwifery provides pregnant people and their families another option for primary maternity care. We are proud to offer a model and philosophy of healthcare that is centred on the individual needs of each client and family we serve. We provide exceptional quality care by taking the time to build a trusting relationship, share important information with you about your pregnancy and newborn, while supporting your individual goals for your journey to parenthood. Midwifery is a personalized healthcare experience like no other. We look forward to providing you and your family exceptional care.
Learn more about the midwifery model of care here: www.ontariomidwives.ca
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