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.  Watch for new classes coming soon!  A one day prenatal course facilitated by experienced perinatal nurses.  For more information contact Susan at www.ptopconsulting.ca or pregnancytoparenting@gmail.com

Nurture Her Birth Better Class: Physical Preparation for Birth and Beyond:  Sept. 24 12:30-5:30pm  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: http://nurtureher.ca/birth-better-classes/ or contact Mandy at info@nurtureher.ca or 780-278-2004.

BRINGING BABY HOME WORKSHOP: NOVEMBER 4 & 5 9am-4pm.  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: www.clairewilde.ca

BREASTFEEDING CLINC:  Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm (by appointment).  Breastfeeding support offered by experienced RNs.  Please email for an appointment: pregnancytoparenting@gmail.com or call (587)986-9295.

DAYS FOR GIRLS Monthly Meeting:  4th Wednesday of the month 6:30-8:30pm.  Fall and Winter Dates starting in September. 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

Prenatal Yoga:Thursdays 6:45-8:00pm.  Classes Are Back!  New series starts Sept. 14 and Nov. 2. A 6 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. $80/session or $145 for both.

Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga 9:45-11:00am Starting Sept. 14 and Nov. 2:  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 Ashely at graces3yoga@gmail.com. $80/session or $145 for both.

Prenatal Workshop Series Sept. 11- Oct. 2, Nov. 6-27:  A Four Week Prenatal Education Series presented by Certified Doulas/Childbirth Educators. Contact Niko 780-965-6585 or register online at doulacare.vpweb.ca

Mosaic Magazine Mystics Meeting Tuesdays Sept. 12, Dec. 5,  7-9:30pm RSVP Connie at mosaicmagazine@shaw.ca for this month's topic and registration details.

DONA Doula Training in 2017: Oct. 13-15  Contact Suzanne Moquin, Birth Doula Trainer gentletouchdoula@shaw.ca

MEET THE MIDWIFE NIGHT! 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 information@lucinacentre.ca

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE STARTING FOR DAILY, WEEKLY, OR MONTHLY RENTALS.  OFFERED TO PRACTITIONERS WITH A FOCUS ON WOMEN AND FAMILY HEALTH.  PLEASE CONTACT INFORMATION@LUCINACENTRE.CA FOR MORE INFORMATION.