Midwives are experts in low-risk pregnancy and birth. They provide primary care to women during pregnancy, labour, birth, and to both mother and baby in the immediate postpartum period. Their focus is on the optimum physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of both mothers and their newborns. The midwifery model of care supports a woman's right to choose throughout her pregnancy and birth experience, and promotes the natural, physiologic progression of labour and birth. Midwives work in both home and hospital settings, and can order all routine prenatal bloodwork, ultrasounds and offer all types of pain relief.
Midwives are trained to be specialists in low-risk obstetrics and have 4 years of education focused solely on the childbearing year.
If complications develop (such as the need for caesarean birth), registered midwives consult and can refer to obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists.
You do not need a referral to see a registered midwife.
All midwifery services are covered by BC Medical Services Plan
Across the world, most babies are born into the hands of midwives. In BC, midwives are formally trained and fully integrated primary healthcare professionals who provide complete care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, and the first six weeks postpartum. Midwives have 4 years of university education focused solely on the childbearing year through the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and are fully covered by the BC Medical Services Plan. Registered Midwives work in both home and hospital settings and can order all routine prenatal bloodwork, genetic testing and ultrasounds.
At Willow Community Midwives, you will be assigned 1-2 midwives who will follow you throughout your pregnancy, attend your entire labour and birth, and follow both you and your baby for 6 weeks postpartum. Because midwives are fully integrated into the BC healthcare system, they provide seamless referrals to other maternity professionals such as obstetricians, pediatricians, public health and social work. This means that should any risk factors arise during your care your midwife will arrange for another specialist to become involved. Some women will end up with a team of health care providers, and benefit from the personal approach of midwifery care, while also receiving specialist consultation.
Central to the philosophy of midwifery care is that women feel respected and supported to make informed choices about their care while becoming mothers in their own unique way. Women can choose to give birth at home or in the hospital and have access to all forms of pain relief including epidurals, meaning midwives provide care for women with diverse birth plans. Long appointment times and meeting the same 1-2 care providers at each appointment allow for holistic care and informed choice to take place. As specialists in low-risk obstetrics, midwives provide care that is both safe and personalized.
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Willow Community Midwives:
Alyson Jones’ interest in midwifery began after giving birth to her son Leeum in 1999 in Victoria, BC. The support and care she felt from her midwives was empowering and contributed enormously to her confidence as a parent and health care provider.
Alyson is currently a board member of the Midwives Association of BC. Additionally she is the co-chair of the Rural and Remote Midwifery Committee and a member of the MABC Rural Locum Committee. Alyson believes women and their families should labour and birth in the atmosphere that is most comfortable to them. She strives to be non-judgmental, open and able to listen attentively to her clients.
Christy has served on the UBC Midwifery Advisory Committee and the Midwives Association of BC Board of Directors, and is past President of the College of Midwives of BC Board of Directors. She currently sits on the CMBC committee on Indigenous Midwifery and a working group for Birth Centres in BC. Christy has a strong interest in continuing education and has received certification for advanced competency in STI management, Contraceptive Counselling and insertion of IUDs.
In 2006, she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of nursing, after which she practiced for 12 years in paediatrics and paediatric oncology. Nursing afforded her numerous skills and immeasurable experiences serving children and families through the joys and sorrows that come with such work.
Heidi was accepted into the UBC midwifery program in 2014. There she encountered the richness and joy that comes from supporting birthing persons through their pregnancy and birth experiences.
While pursuing midwifery, she trained and worked as a lactation consultant (IBCLC) at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in Toronto. She has worked with over 1000 women to problem solve infant feeding challenges, and enjoys working with families to meet their breastfeeding goals.
She has also worked in medical research, participating in experiments ranging from cell culture to heart surgery. These experiences have given her an appreciation for both the art and science of midwifery. She is passionate about sharing this knowledge as relationships are built throughout care.