Midwifery Services of Durham was the first and only midwifery clinic in the Durham Region after legislation in 1994, comprised of a small group of midwives caring for clients across the region. We were one if the first practices in Ontario to get hospital privileges after legislation, with first midwife attended birth in hospital in Canada. In 2009, Midwifery Services of Durham opened up a satellite practice in Markham known as Markham Stouffville Midwives. Over the last 20 years, our practice has grown and now consists of 17 registered midwives. We are a diverse group of midwives comprised of, many backgrounds, languages, university faculty members, community leaders, and hospital leaders.
Here we work in a shared care model where clients are assigned to a team of midwives. During the course of the pregnancy, our goal is to provide clients with many opportunities to meet each midwife on their team. Your midwives work together to provide prenatal, labour and birth, and postpartum care. Teams rotate through a 6 week rotation to ensure there is one midwife on call and one conducting clinic appointments. With this schedule, clinic is rarely cancelled due births, and a is midwife on call 24/7 to answer any urgent pages, assess labour and attend deliveries. Normally there are two midwives present at each birth, whether the birth takes place at home or in the hospital. We are all committed to practicing in a very similar way so that you can develop of relationship of trust with all of us.
Regular visits with one of your midwives are an important aspect of pregnancy. Each visit should be a time for you to ask questions and voice any concerns you may be having during your pregnancy. It is also when the midwife will conduct an examination to ensure that you and your baby are well, to initiate the appropriate tests, and discuss relevant topics dependent on the stage of the pregnancy. First appointment are scheduled for when clients are roughly between 8-10 weeks and are an hour in length. Regular prenatal appointments following the intake are on average 30 minutes in length, usually are once a month for the first 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then once a week until your baby is born.
Regular visits with one of your midwives is an important aspect of pregnancy as each visit should be a time for you to ask questions and voice any concerns you may be having. It is also when the midwife will conduct an examination to ensure that you and your baby are well, to offer the appropriate tests, and discuss relevant topics for each stage of the pregnancy. First appointments are scheduled to take place when clients are roughly between 8-10 weeks and are an hour in length. Regular prenatal appointments, following the intake, are approximately 30 minutes in length, and usually are once a month for the first 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then once a week until your baby is born.
Midwives provide care to both client and baby for six weeks after the birth. This is called postpartum care. Whether your baby is born at home or in the hospital, your midwife will provide care in your home within 24 hours of the birth. Clients will have several appointments at home during the first week to monitor their health and provide breastfeeding support. They ensure the client is recovering well, both physically and emotionally. Clients and their baby are then seen in the clinic several times between 2 and 6 weeks. Midwives provide physical examinations of the baby, which include checking: weight, length, heart, lungs, healing of umbilical stump, hearing, and overall physical development. After six weeks, clients are discharged from midwifery care and will begin to see their family doctor.
We currently have 17 registered midwives working between our two practices. Meet our midwives below:
In 1994 Midwifery Services of Durham gained privileges at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) is a progressive, community hospital which is focused on the needs of our rapidly growing communities.