The Terra Nova Midwifery team recognize that our clinic is located on the unceded territory of the Musqueam peoples, and we service the territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language group. We recognize that we are uninvited guests working on stolen land. We hope that the recognition of these facts may serve as a first act of reconciliation, and seek to move forward in a good way. Particularly, by honouring the life-givers of our hosts and supporting the return of birth back to the community and back to the land.
Terra Nova Midwifery accepts clients living in Richmond and South Delta, BC. We offer both hospital and home birth. We hold hospital privileges at Richmond Hospital.
We work as a team of three midwives (2 full time, 1 part time), caring for pregnant people and their babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, up until 6 weeks after birth. We enjoy the opportunity to really get to know each and every family in our care. As our patient you benefit from seamless continuity of care and having a known care-provider with you at your birth.
We care for healthy, low-risk pregnancies. Our team works cooperatively with the nurses and physicians in our community. We are able to consult and refer to specialists in pregnancy, or during labour should concerns or emergencies arise.
We offer longer prenatal appointments to allow time to address your individual concerns and questions. We strongly believe in providing you with up-to-date, evidence-based information and supporting your informed choices for your maternity care.
After birth we provide comprehensive care for both mothers and babies. We have extensive knowledge and experience supporting breast/chestfeeding, monitoring newborn and maternal health, teaching newborn care and promoting a healthy postpartum adjustment. Post-natal care is offered at your home during the first week, then appointments back in our clinic at 2, 4 and 6 weeks postpartum.
We look forward to getting to know you and your family!
Please note that space in our clinic fills quickly. To avoid disappointment, we recommend getting in touch as soon as possible once you find out you're pregnant. If we are full for your estimated date of delivery, you can be added to the waitlist. Fill out our Intake Form here.
Meet the midwives and learn more about our team here.
"Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life."
-Ina May Gaskin
MIDWIFERY CARE IN BC
In 2015/2016, midwives were involved in 22.9% of births in BC. Midwifery is a regulated health profession and an established part of the BC healthcare system. Registered Midwives (RM's) provide primary maternity care to healthy mothers and babies from conception, through pregnancy, labour & delivery and for 6 weeks after birth.
Midwives are highly-trained and university educated. They are registered and regulated by the College of Midwives of BC and the BC Health Professions Act. There are 5 main principals by which Midwives in BC must practice:
COMMUNITY-BASED PRIMARY CARE
Midwives are primary caregivers and are usually the first point of entry to health services. As community-based health professionals, midwives offer services in clinics, offices or clients' homes. They provide 24-hour availability to their clients throughout the childbearing cycle.
Midwives respect the right of their clients to make informed choices by providing objective information in a supportive manner. By allowing adequate time for discussion during pregnancy, midwives can facilitate the ongoing exchange of current, evidence-based information that is relevant to a client’s unique needs.
CONTINUITY OF CARE
Continuity of care is both a philosophy and a process. It allows a relationship to develop over time between clients and their midwives, with the purpose of providing safe, individualized care and having a known care-provider at birth.
To ensure the best possible care for clients, midwives co-operate and consult with other health professionals in the provision of care. As a primary care-provider, midwives provide education, counselling and advocacy to support their clients’ individual needs.
CHOICE OF BIRTH SETTING
The right of a person to make an informed choice about the setting for birth is a principle deeply respected by midwives. Whether at home or in hospital, every birth will be attended by a minimum of two qualified care-providers. All registered midwives hold hospital privileges in order to admit and discharge their clients as needed.
Did you know, there are 122 ways to become a parent*? The midwifery model of practice in British Columbia supports the needs of all expectant families, no matter which route to parenthood they take.
Midwives care for all families during the childbearing year, supporting them through pregnancy, birth and the first 6 to 8 weeks postpartum. This includes families created through pregnancy and birth, adoption, surrogacy, multi-partner relationships, choice, blending and circumstance. Midwives provide primary care while honouring the diversity of their clients and communities and providing respectful and affirming care.
Midwifery is founded on the principles of informed choice decision making, trust building through continuity of care, and choice of birth place. In practice, BC midwives are well suited to care for queer, transgender, and gender diverse clients, taking the time needed to get to know each family and their individual needs throughout their pregnancy and birth care.
Please note that we are located in the Steveston Village.