Women and Children's Services

Great Expectations

The hallmarks of Nurse-Midwifery care are continuity and teaching women to be self reliant, to trust their own bodies in delivering healthy babies naturally. About 95% of all women in the Midwifery Service deliver vaginally. Only 5% of our patients require a primary cesarean section for pregnancy or birth complications.

We believe in supporting your choices regarding your health care including your choice of pain medication during birth. On average, 25% of our mothers choose to deliver with an epidural.

We promote, support and protect breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding for the first six months of life. Immediately after delivery, your baby will be placed directly on your skin. This promotes an easy transition for your baby into life and helps to regulate your baby's temperature, heart rate and breathing. It also provides an early start for feeding.

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