Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I register before I have a Midwife?

A: No, you must have a midwife before you can register for the Birth Centre.


Q: My midwife is not from the Lucina Midwives practice, can I birth at the centre?

A: Yes, all registered midwives in the Edmonton area have privileges at the birth centre.


Q: I have paid my birth centre fee, when do I get a receipt?

A: You will be able to view and print off your invoice/receipt for payments as they are received. However, due to the potential for refund, we cannot issue an official receipt until after you have used the birth centre or confirmed cancellation. All invoices/receipts will be sent by email.


Q: What should I bring?

A: Bring a change of clothing, toiletries, and any items that may help you to feel at home during labour. We ask that no candles or scents be used in the birth rooms, but you are welcome to play music or mediations. You must also bring everything that you want to take your baby home in. This should include clothing, receiving blankets, heavier blankets, and a car seat ready and installed.


Q. What food and beverages will be provided?

A. Your midwife will be able to provide water, juice, tea and/or coffee for you and those attending your birth. A meal for mom and birth partner will also be provided after the birth. If you have noted any dietary restrictions on the registration form, this will be taken into account. Please feel free to bring whatever additional food or beverages you feel may be needed.


Q: Who can attend the birth?

A: Family, friends, doulas and photographers are welcome to attend your birth. Please attend one of our info nights to see our birth rooms and discuss your plans with your midwife, as the size of our rooms and your midwife’s input will help to inform your plans. If you are planning to have a photographer at your birth, please make sure to discuss this in advance with your midwife as some midwives will not consent to appear in photographs and your photographer should be prepared to accommodate this.


Q: How long do I stay at the birth centre?

A: Once your baby is born, you and your midwife will decide when it is safe and appropriate for you to go home. On average, families stay for 3-4 hours after delivery. During this time your midwife will also prepare a meal for you and your partner to help replenish your energy and celebrate your new arrival.


Q: Can family come visit me at the birth centre when the baby is born?

A: While you are welcome to receive visitors at the birth centre, the time that you are at the centre is limited and we recommend that you use this time for relaxing, nursing, and acquainting yourself with your new baby.


Q: Who do I call when I go into labour?

A: Call your on-call midwife as per her instructions, she will meet you at the birth centre and will be able to let you in. You do not have to call the birth centre before coming in.


Q: How do I know a room will be available when I come in?

A: We limit the number and distribution of registrants each month to safeguard the likelihood that a birth room will be available for you. In much the same way as the location of a planned hospital birth is subject to the availability of beds, we cannot guarantee that a birth room will be available. In the extremely unlikely event that you arrive at the birth centre to find that neither of our birth rooms or the backup birth room is available, you will unfortunately have to travel home or to hospital to give birth. Your midwife will be able to help you to determine the best course of action. In this extremely unlikely event, you will be offered a refund of $425 +GST.


Q: Is epidural available at the birth centre?

A: No, the birth centre aims to support and provide an environment for natural birth. There are no anesthesiologists or obstetricians in the building. Please speak to your midwife about natural pain management tools and techniques, such as water birth, which are available at the birth centre. If during labour, the desire or need for additional medical intervention arises, your midwife will arrange a transfer into hospital.


Q: Can I have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) at the Lucina Birth Centre?

A: We’re sorry, but at this time, we are not able to provide for VBACs at the birth centre.


Q: Is the birth centre fee covered by insurance?

A: The Lucina Birth Centre fee may be covered in full or in part by your supplemental health insurance plan. Lucina Birth Centre fees should be included in the same coverage category as a private hospital room. Please check with your health insurance provider to see if they will cover your fees.



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Upcoming Events at the Lucina Centre

HypnoBirthing Classes  4 Tuesdays March 27-April 17, 6:00-8:30.  This class is for all parents and all birthing environments.  Your partner is integrated into the classes so that both of you will feel informed and empowered for the birth.  Taught by Tracy Martin, Clinical Hypnotherapist.  Contact Tracy at: or call 780-232-3827.

Lucina Centre Knitting Club: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30-11am starting December 6.  Did you know knitting can make you feel calm and happy? AND, according to a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy it's even better if you do it in a group?  Drop in and see what happens! 

Infant Massage Classes: A 4 week class starting Tuesday April 3-24, at 11:30am  Participate in learning how to massage your baby, safe stretching practices, how to massage for common childhood ailments, and deepen the bond between you and your baby.  Both spouses are encouraged to participate. Contact Molly Brook at or call 780-918-6803.

DONA Doula Training with Suzanne Moquin: For upcoming trainings...Contact Suzanne at 780-440-6105 or for costs and more details.

Breastfeeding Clinic:  Mondays, 9:30am-12:30pm (by appointment) Breastfeeding support offered by experienced RNs.  Please email for an appointment: or call (587)986-9295.

Days For Girls Monthly Meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm.  Next meeting February 28. This non-profit organization helps girls stay in school and retain dignity, giving back important days of their lives.  Most girls in developing countries miss school during their periods; many eventually drop out.  Come help make lovely, high-quality feminine hygiene kits and help end the cycle of poverty by keeping girls in school.  Contact Pat Prendergast 780-466-6448 or

Nurture Her Birth Better Class: Physical Preparation for Birth and Beyond:  Next Class Feb. 4 1-5:00.  Learn skills to build a better birth.  Partners also learn hands-on skills and lots of tools to help a birthing mama.  Taught by Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio, pelvic health physiotherapist and doula.  Register online: or contact Mandy at or 780-278-2004.

Prenatal Yoga: Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm.  Classes Are Back!  New series starts January 11, second Series starting March 8 A 6-week prenatal yoga series starting designed to decrease stress, strengthen the major muscles that are active during labour and birth, as well as enhance the connection between mom and baby.  No prior yoga experience is required.  Contact Ashley at to register. $80/session or $150 for both.

Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga: 9:45-11:00am. New classes starting January 11, Second series starting March 8.  A 6-week postnatal yoga series for moms and their new additions.  Bond with new baby while restoring and strengthening pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.  For more information and to register contact Ashley at $80/session or $150 for both.

Bringing Baby Home Workshop: January 27 & 28 9am -5pm. An educational program to support couples prepare for life with a new baby which increases the joy of parenting and gives new parents the tools they need to be the best parenting team possible.  Presented by Claire Wilde, M.ED., R.PSYCH.  Contact Claire at:

Prenatal Workshop Series: March 5-26, April 30-May 28 (no class May 21)  A 4-Week Prenatal Education Series presented by Certified Doulas/Childbirth Educators. Contact Niko 780-965-6585 or register online at

Mosaic Magazine Mystics Meeting: March 6, June 5, Sept. 11, Dec. 4.  RSVP Connie at for this month's topic and registration details.

DONA-Approved Postpartum Doula Training, June 13-16. A postpartum doula is trained to provide support and education for the mother and her family during the first three months of their baby's life. She acts as both mentor and guide, nurturing the mother as she helps a family learn how to care for their new baby.  This training is offered by AJ Hadfield, certified postpartum doula trainer.  Training fee $625 (Early Bird rate available).  For more information, contact: or 403-923-7329

Birth Photography Promotion! The Lucina Birth Centre is teaming up with photographer Vannessa Brown to offer a special birth photography promotion. Contact Vannessa at for details!

Meet the Midwife! Lucina Centre will be holding information nights on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Group tours of the Lucina Centre will accompany the info sessions. If you are interested in seeing the Centre and learning about midwifery care, the Birth Centre, and wellness services offered at the centre just drop by at 7:30pm, no registration or appointment needed.

Workshop space and meeting room rentals Available now! For more information or to book a room please contact us at

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: Starting for daily, weekly, or monthly rentals.  Offered to practitioners with a focus on women and family health. For more information or to book a room please contact us at