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

Info nights @ Lucina!: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.  If you are interested in seeing the Centre and/or learning about midwifery care, the Birth Centre, and wellness services offered at Lucina; just drop by at 7:30pm, no registration needed.

Prenatal Workshop Series: Mondays 7:00-9:00pm, Sept. 10-Oct.1, Nov.5-26.  A 4-Week Prenatal Education Series presented by Certified Doulas/Childbirth Educators. Contact Niko 780-965-6585 or register online. 

HypnoBirthing Classes: Tuesdays, January 8th-29th, 2019  6:00-8:30pm.  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: MartinHypno@shaw.ca or call 780-232-3827.

Ayurvedic Nutrition Drop-in with Jessica Malacarne! November, 14th 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Our fabulous Registered Nutritional Medicine Practitioner and Doula, Jessica Malacarne, will be hosting a free drop-in session for parents and parents-to-be interested in learning more about Ayurvedic nutrition. Join us and learn healthy and simple methods to attain optimal digestion and absorption. Babies are welcome too! Please contact Jessica to RSVP: 780 340 0320 or info@birthingflower.ca
 
Breastfeeding Drop-in with Alice!: November 14th 6:30-7:30pm. Our wonderful Lactation Consultant, Alice French (RN IBCLC), will be hosting a free drop-in for any breastfeeding mamas or mamas-to-be who have questions or need some breastfeeding tips and advice. Spouses and babies are all welcome!
Please contact Alice by text or email to RSVP: 780-237-1343 or Breastfeeding.itrocks@gmail.com

NurtureHer Birth Better Class: Physical Preparation for Birth and Beyond: November 18th 12:30 -5pm.  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 info@nurtureher.ca or 780-278-2004.

Prenatal Yoga: Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm. 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 graces3yoga@gmail.com to register. $85/session.

Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga: Returning in 2019  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 graces3yoga@gmail.com. $85/session.

Birthing Flower Prenatal Wellness Program: Starting Monday November 5th, 6pm - 7pm (no class Dec 24th, 31st and Jan 2nd)- continuing into 2019. Birthing Flower Techniques include Ayurvedic and Yogic wholistic approaches to body-mind movement, breathing, meditation, and relaxation to help you the mother-to-be prepare for childbirth and adjust to life with your newborn. Each week incorporates a topic to nurture your journey into motherhood. Taught by Jessica Malacarne, RNMP, RPYT, CLD. When you are ready! Join anytime during your pregnancy, $55.00 for 5 weeks or $15.00 drop-in. To Register Please Call 780 340 0320 or Email info@birthingflower.ca, for more information please visit Birthingflower.ca

Days For Girls Monthly Meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm.  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 edmonton@daysforgirls.org

Mosaic Magazine Mystics Meeting: Next meeting Dec. 4.  RSVP Connie at mosaicmagazine@shaw.ca for this month's topic and registration details.

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

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 information@lucinacentre.ca