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

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