Vancouver Community Midwives

community based 

midwifery care

Full spectrum midwifery care for the childbearing year

experience the midwifery difference

Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes. Midwives strongly believe in the Midwives Model of Care.

prenatal care​

Hour long visits on the following schedule:

0-28 weeks: 4 weeks

28-36 weeks: 2 weeks

36-41 weeks: weekly

41-42 weeks: 2-3 days

Counseling and education

Laboratory tests including Cell-free DNA, Gestational Diabetes, GBS

US referral

Fetal monitoring by assessing growth and fetal heart tones

Rhogam available for rh negative clients

Monitor vital signs

home Birth

Midwives will attend births for low-risk healthy people between 37-42 weeks at their home

Assess labor history

Offer emotional support and reassurance

Botanical treatments as needed

GBS antibiotics as needed

Physical assessment, including labor pattern, vital signs, fetal heart tones and cervical dilation

Delivery of baby

Immediate postpartum and newborn care, midwives staying 4-6 hours to ensure mom and baby are transitioning well

Offer vitamin K and erythromycin eye ointment after birth

Suturing as needed

Initiate transport to the hospital when needed

Continuous educational support


Hour long visits on the following schedule:

24-48 hour: home visit

3-4 day: Optional home visit with a lactation consultant for breastfeeding support

1 week: Office visit

3 week: Optional visit

5 week: Optional visit

6-8 week: Final visit

Maternal vital signs

Laboratory tests available

Breastfeeding support

Assess perineum and perineal healing 

Assess bleeding

Assess psychological/social health and support, monitor for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)

Assess nutrition and sleep

Rhogam available for rh negative clients

Continuous educational support regarding parenting, breastfeeding, newborn and maternal health

newborn care

Newborns will be seen

on the following


24-48 hours: home visit

1-2 week: office visit

Monitor vital signs 

including weighing the baby

Oral assessments to ensure a healthy latch

Monitor for jaundice

Assess newborn behavior

Offer Newborn Screening Test (the "heel-poke") and Critical Congenital Heart Defect screening

Referral to Lactation Consultant or Pediatrician when applicable

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