Midwives at Lucina Centre

We are currently working as primary midwives, but work in teams to help cover each others clinic days in the event of a birth and holidays. When you go into labour, whichever midwife is on-call will attend your birth and will call in a second midwife for backup at the time of birth. The on-call midwife can be contacted at any time during your pregnancy or postpartum for emergencies. We meet regularly as a team to discuss our clients and review charts. By working together, we are able to provide you with continuity of care while ensuring that the midwife you are with is well rested.

Prenatal Visits

Our prenatal visits will take place in our clinic at the Lucina Centre; 9505-163 Street. Appointments will be monthly until you are 30 weeks pregnant, every 2 weeks until you are at 37 weeks, and then weekly until your baby is born. Please feel free to bring family members, children or a friend with you to your appointment.

We offer group prenatal care with the other women that are due the same month. You participate more actively in your check up and the group discussions are very informative as women share their experiences. During prenatal visits we monitor your pregnancy by doing routine clinical checks on both you and your growing baby. We can order blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic screening. We can also prescribe medications for you and your baby. In addition to ensuring your physical well-being, we will discuss the emotional aspects of pregnancy with you and help you prepare for childbirth and new parenthood.

Labour and Birth

The Lucina Midwives are mainly focused on offering waterbirth at the Lucina Centre. We believe that water is a very simple but powerful tool in supporting women having a natural birth. The quiet and peaceful environment at the centre is also conducive to assist women to relax and feel comfortable. We feel it is important for you to plan to birth where you feel safe and comfortable. The midwives will be with you throughout labour and birth and stay until you are ready to go home, which is an average of 4 hours after birth. If transfer to hospital becomes necessary, we stay with you until your baby is born.

Post-Natal Care

We will care for both you and your baby for the first six weeks after the birth. In the first week we do regular home visits to ensure that your questions are answered, the health of you and your baby is monitored, and that you have support with breast-feeding. We will then see you at our clinic around 2 weeks and 4 weeks with a final visit at 6 week. If your baby has any health concerns, immediate referral to a pediatrician or an appropriate specialist will be arranged.

Education

We provide all women with resources about pregnancy and childbirth preparation. We offer prenatal classes and work closely with a Hypnobirthing practitioner at the Lucina Centre.

Doulas

You are welcome to have a doula at your birth. Doulas provide physical and emotional support during labour, and will often provide postpartum support. They do not provide clinical care.

Students

As preceptors we support senior midwifery students in their clinical learning and supervise new registrants in their first year as midwives. Students enrich our practice by bringing with them great enthusiasm and new ideas.

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.