Midwives granted privileges at Rouge Valley

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Pregnant women in Scarborough, Pickering and Ajax now have more choices when it comes to how they will deliver their babies as the Rouge Valley Health System welcomes Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives into their hospitals.

Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives, with an office on the Scarborough/Pickering border, consists of 4 midwives who provide individualized care for women during their pregnancy, labour and post partum period. They also care for new mums and their babies after delivery with breast-feeding support and home follow-ups.

“Partnering with Rouge Valley and its hospitals in Scarborough and Ajax allows us to provide even more comprehensive care for our clients,” says Lisa Weston, RM, one of the four midwives. “We promote safe deliveries, either at home or in the hospital, and now have the support of the obstetricians at Rouge Valley if a women is facing a difficult birth.”

Rouge Valley, with its birthing facilities and neonatal intensive care unit at Rouge Valley Centenary in Scarborough and birthing facilities and special care nursery at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in Ajax, already offers the full range of prenatal, labour, post partum and post natal care for patients in Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax and Whitby. Currently 14 obstetricians and approximately 10 family physicians assist in over 3,000 births a year.

“We’re excited about now being able to offer midwifery to our patients,” says Julie Goldstein, Program General Manager of the Women’s and Children’s Program at Rouge Valley. “For us it’s about supporting the entire family during this very special time and making sure the family and especially the mum and baby receive safe, quality care.”

Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives are accepting new patients and can be contacted at 416-286-2228. Information is also available on their website www.yourmidwives.com.

Rouge Valley will be hosting Open Houses at both hospitals in the coming weeks so that residents can meet the midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, nurses and everyone involved in maternal and newborn care