What is it?
A midwife is a health care professional who provides care during pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period. Healthy women having a normal pregnancy can chosoe to be followed by a midwife based in Chisasibi. They can then decide to give birth in Chisasibi, rather than having to leave Eeyou Istchee to give birth.
Who is it for?
Midwifery and birthing services are for healthy women having a normal pregnancy, and, if necessary, who are able to control gestational diabetes through diet and exercise. You can have a midwife whether you wish to deliver in the south or in Chisasibi. If you have previously had a C-section, you can still be followed by a midwife, but you will have to give birth in the south.
Where is it offered?
Currently, midwifery services are available only in Chisasibi, but they will soon be offered in all communities. Midwives offer different spaces for childbirth: Chisasibi Hospital, in birthing homes, or in a private space – which can be a house, a teepee, or any environment where the woman feels safe and comfortable and which also respects safety criteria.
In the future, birthing homes will be constructed in Eeyou Istchee in Chisasibi, Waskaganish and Mistissini.
What is it like?
Midwives work closely with doctors and nurses for any medical concerns or emergencies, and also work with the nutritionist, community worker and social worker to provide the best care possible for women and their families.
You can meet with a midwife as soon as you know that you are pregnant.
In your first visit, you will get to know each other better, and the midwife will assess whether midwifery services will be right for you – that is, if you are a healthy woman with a normal pregnancy, and, if necessary, if you are able to control gestational diabetes through diet and exercise.
- Generally, from this first visit until 32 weeks into your pregnancy, your midwife will meet with you once a month.
- From 32 weeks to 36 weeks, the midwife will meet with you every two weeks.
- From 36 weeks to birth, the midwife will meet with you weekly, or more often if needed.
- Once your baby is born, the midwife will provide home visits on day 1, day 3 and day 5.
- There will be another visit at the Awash clinic two to three weeks after birth, and a final visit six weeks after birth.
You midwife is also available 24/7 if you require information or have concerns you need addressed. For instance, you can call your midwife if
- you experience bleeding, fever, or headaches,
- your water breaks
- you are having contractions
- your baby doesn’t move as usual
- you have any other concerns or questions.
How long does it last?
You can meet with a midwife as soon as you know that you are pregnant. From your first visit until 32 weeks into your pregnancy, your midwife will meet with you once a month, with increasingly frequent visits as you get closer to childbirth. The midwife will continue to provide care up to six weeks after the birth of your child.
The length of each individual meeting will vary according to your personal needs.
How can I get this service?
If you are interested in seeing a midwife, contact your local CMC.
Where can I learn more?
You can find out more about this service through your local CMC.
You can also get more information on Midwifery practices at these websites:
Ordre des sage-femme du Québec: http://www.osfq.org/?lang=en
Regroupement des sage-femme du Québec (French only): https://www.rsfq.qc.ca/
National Aboriginal Council of Midwives: https://indigenousmidwifery.ca/
Canadian association of midwives: https://canadianmidwives.org/
Université du Québec à Trois- Rivière, programme de formation de pratique sage-femme (french only) : https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/apex/f?p=106:10:::NO:::