In-person clinic visits and OTN/Internet visits:
Your midwives will be wearing masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for all your in-person visits. As of April 20th we will be starting Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) visits which will mean you can meet with your midwife in a secure way over the internet. Your midwife will let you know before your visit if it will be in-person visit or by using this platform. We can achieve a lot over the phone including answering your questions, discussing relevant topics related to pregnancy and birth, arranging ultrasounds and other testing and sending prescriptions and reviewing completed lab work. If there are other appointments that you would like to do by phone or OTN, please let us know.
We are asking that all of our clients who come to our office follow the Ontario Provincial legislation ensuring that everyone in the business/ organization wear face coverings/ masks. The provincial requirement includes the following exceptions, among others:
- children younger than two years of age;
- a person with a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering;
- a person that is unable to put on or remove their mask or face covering without the assistance of another person;
- when a person needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering to receive services that require the removal of their mask or face covering, to consume food or drink, or as needed for health and safety;
- as is needed for reasonable accommodation under the the Human Rights Code; or
- works for the business or organization, is in an area that is not accessible to members of the public, and is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person.
See the questions in the AOM’s COVID-19 Clinical FAQ on clients wearing masks for more information and suggestions on how to respond to clients that may refuse to wear a mask.
We are continuing to use the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the number of prenatal appointments for a positive outcome. We will offer a virtual appointment for initial visits at 8-10 weeks, clinic appointments at 12-14 weeks, 20, 26 30, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 41 weeks. The visits on weeks 37 and 39 will be determined with your midwife if they will be in person or by phone. If your initial visit is greater than 12 weeks, it will take place in the clinic. The in-person portion of your visit will be 10-15 minutes and then the remainder of your appointment will be done by phone.
The postpartum visit schedule includes a home or hospital visit between day 1 and day 2. You midwife will call on day 3 and see you again on day 4/5. If everything is well, you will return to the clinic on day 10. There will be one or two additional clinic visits, if needed, between weeks 3 and 6.
Cancer Care Ontario is recommending the gradual resumption of cervical cancer screening for those who are due or overdue. Talk to your midwife if you due or overdue for your Pap test so that we can make arrangements for this to be done.
Our clinic space:
We have removed all the toys and we ask you not to touch the lending library books in the waiting room to reduce the number of objects that are touched and to make cleaning easier.
We will continue to wipe off surfaces in our clinic rooms and wash our hands or use hand sanitizer in between clients. We ask that you also use hand sanitizer when you arrive for your appointment that is available at the front desk. For the time being we will be restricting other family members from coming into clinic visits. All pregnant clients will have a 15 minute in person appointment followed by a phone appointment with family members as needed.