Strathcona Midwifery Collective
Strathcona Midwifery Collective is an amazing option for prenatal care if you’re in the Downtown area. Midwife care is known for it’s hands-on, personalized approach to caring for expectant parents. I truly believe in midwifery practices and love to support them because my team of midwives have been so amazing through three pregnancies that have all been very different experiences.
Located at Unit 207-236 East Georgia St in Vancouver, BC, Strathcona Midwifery serves pregnant families in Vancouver. They are a great option if you are planning a home birth in your downtown home, or if you’re planning on giving birth at BC Women’s Hospital or St. Paul’s Hospital.
When asked what informed their philosophy of care, Jane quoted from their website: “Midwifery care is rooted in informed family-centered decision making, continuity of care throughout pregnancy and birth, and choice of birth place. We honour the pregnant person and their family as decision makers and view our role as facilitators of care. We offer our expertise, evidence-based health information, community standards of care, and medical, holistic, and traditional alternatives to support your decision making process.
“Through continuity of care we form trusting relationships with families to support positive birth experiences. The clients we serve have the choice of home or hospital birth. By blending the basic elements of midwifery practice with a dedication to family-centered care, we strive to make our midwifery care accessible and dynamic.”
Strathcona Midwifery Collective has a special interest in working with indigenous families, and they have a wonderful indigenous midwife on their team, Tia Felix. They also love to work with trans and queer families, and help to run the Queer and Trans Pregnancy and Parenting Group (currently online). The midwives at Strathcona Midwifery Collective also work with newcomers to Canada who may not have medical insurance coverage and help them to access care in the most cost-effective way possible. They are currently advocating at St. Paul’s Hospital for a program that helps to cover the costs for these clients.
The practice employs 9 midwives. They have 3 teams with 2-4 registered midwives per team, and each makes it a priority for clients to meet and get acquainted with all midwives on the team before birth. The intake appointment is an opportunity for the clients to hear about each team’s philosophy and structure, and then they can decide from that point if they feel it’s a good fit!
To care best for their patients and keep themselves and those they care for healthy, they’re currently doing partial phone visits and partial in-person visits. At this time, only clients are allowed in the clinic during their appointment, no spouses or children. They are also requesting and providing clients wear masks and sanitize upon arrival. The midwives are also sanitizing the clinic rooms between visits and all clinic surfaces are sanitized daily. They also, of course, are asking their clients to stay home if they’re sick.
I hope this helps you if you’re looking for pre-natal care and are in the Delta area! If you’re pregnant and not in the area, check out my list of other Midwifery clinics in the Lower Mainland to find one that might be right for you!
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