Midwives offer women the choice of birthing in home or in hospital. They have hospital privileges and can order all the typical tests in pregnancy such as ultrasounds and blood tests. Midwives can consult with and refer to specialists as necessary. If a transfer of care from a midwife to a physician is required, the midwife will remain involved, providing supportive care.
Jeanette, of Born Naturally Midwifery in Vernon BC, works as a solo practitioner with occasional backup from other midwives. You will see Jeanette during your prenatal visits and she will be on-call when you go into labour. By having one practitioner, you will be able to familiarize yourself with her and she will get to know your birth preferences. Prenatal appointments will occasionally need to be rescheduled if Jeanette is at a birth during your scheduled appointment time.