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

Pregnancy to Parenting 1 day Prenatal Workshop. Next class February 3! A one day prenatal course facilitated by experienced perinatal nurses.  For more information contact Susan at or

HypnoBirthing Classes  4 Tuesdays Jan.23- Feb 13, 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.

Dreaming with a Future Child: Saturday January 20, 1-4pm.  Working with ancient tools brought into modern times by Robert Moss's school of dreaming, we communicate with the powers that speak to us in dreams.  We learn to communicate with the soul of our future child and prepare it's coming into this world.  To register or for more information, call Luc 587-589-6159 or contact  $40.

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 February 6, 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: Jan. 12-14.  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 January 27. 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: Jan 8-29, 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: Check for new days coming up in 2018!  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