Midwife birthing centre opens its doors in Ottawa
One of two centres opened as part of provincial pilot project
A new centre for midwife-delivered births in Ottawa opened its doors Monday and is awaiting its first birth.
The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre at 2260 Walkley Road — near St. Laurent Boulevard — is one of two midwife centres launched by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as pilot projects. The other centre opened in Toronto.
Centre staff and midwifes — and not doctors and nurses — will handle the deliveries, but in the event of a medical emergency, the centre has a transfer policy in place with local hospitals and emergency services.
"We can send them to the general in case of mom, CHEO in case of baby," said executive director Wendy Grimshaw.
450 births expected a year
Grimshaw estimates midwives will assist with some 450 births a year at the centre.
All they need now is a mother-to-be, she said.
"Babies are very unpredictable, we certainly have clients ready to come in, we have two women that I know were overdue and were waiting to come in, so hopefully we'll see someone today," said Grimshaw.