Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Referred?
You may be referred by your family physician or a walk in clinic. You may also self-refer by calling our clinic directly.
When Should I be Referred?
Ideally you should be referred as soon as possible in your pregnancy. This allows us time to complete any prenatal genetic counselling and testing that may be time sensitive.
What Happens at my First Visit?
What About Ultrasounds?
How Often Are My Appointments?
Your appointments will be scheduled monthly until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until you deliver.
Who Do I Call?
When Do I Call?
If your water breaks
If your contractions are every five minutes and lasting 45-60 seconds and are strong enough that you cannot walk or talk through them
If you have not felt your baby move
If you notice a reduction in your baby’s movements
Any unusual discharge or leaking
If you experience any vaginal bleeding
Sudden onset of abdominal pain
Severe headache, dizziness or double vision
Unable to eat or drink longer than 24 hours because of illness
Which Doctor Will be Delivering My Baby?
Our physicians work closely together as a team. When you go into labour, the clinic doctor on call will take care of you during labour and delivery. This may not be the same physician that you have seen for your appointments. If you require a forceps delivery or cesarean section an obstetrician will be involved with your care.
What Happens After The Delivery?
The average postpartum stay following a normal vaginal delivery is two days. After a cesarean section, you may stay for up to three days. After discharge, you will return to the care of your family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor, the baby and you will be followed at the clinic for up to six weeks postpartum. At six weeks postpartum, a routine pap test and pelvic exam is recommended and provided by the maternity clinic.
What About the Baby’s Blood Test Taken at the Hospital?
In British Columbia all newborn babies have a blood sample drawn after 24 hours of age and submitted to the BC Newborn Screening Programme. For further information please see the parent information sheet.