Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I get a Midwife?

A. Fill out the application form and our intake coordinator will contact you by e-mail only if we have a spot available. There are limited spots available, so be sure to apply as soon as you know you are pregnant.

 

Q: I have already seen a physician in this pregnancy, can I still come in for midwifery care?

A. Yes, and we will request a transfer of your records. For the remainder of your care, you will only see your midwife unless complications arise.

 

Q: How much do midwives cost?

A. Alberta Health covers the services of a registered midwife in Alberta.

 

Q: Where can I deliver?

A. Midwives can assist with your birth either at the Birth Centre, in your home or in a hospital. If the need arises during a delivery, we arrange a transfer to a hospital. Lucina Midwives have privileges at Sturgeon County Hospital in St. Albert and Misericordia Hospital in the west end of Edmonton.

 

Q: What kind of pain relief is available?

A. Women who choose midwifery care also choose natural childbirth. We are experts in supporting women to have un-medicated births and water births. Through the pregnancy you become well prepared for delivery. Methods such as hypno-birthing and various relaxation techniques help achieve this. During labour the use of water (hydrotherapy) is well-documented to decrease the need for epidurals.

 

Q: Can I have an epidural?

A: Not at the Birth Centre. It is important that you prepare for an unmedicated labour. If you feel you want the option of an epidural, perhaps seeing a doctor is your best choice. Certainly there are circumstances that arise during a labour, in which case we will transfer with you to a hospital and continue there.

 

Q: What happens in an emergency?

A: Midwives are trained to handle emergencies in the absence of an obstetrician or pediatrician, though this is rarely required due to their ability to note early signs of potential problems. Our midwives have established good working relationships with physicians from referring city hospitals for seamless consultations and transfers.

 

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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