We care for you

At Inlet Birth, two styles of care are offered:

“Standard model” midwifery care—the Blue team is a small team of midwives that provide shared care to a smaller caseload of clients. Blue team clients will be cared for by their midwives in individual visits, and whichever Blue team midwife is on call the day that you give birth will attend you in labour.

“Collaborative maternity care”—the Purple team is comprised of a larger team of midwives, family physicians, and nurses who provide interdisciplinary care to clients. Purple team midwives and family physicians are on call in 12- or 24-hour shifts. Purple team clients will be offered either group-based care in the Connecting Pregnancy model, or individual visits.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care starts very soon after you get a positive pregnancy test. Make sure you call us as soon as possible so we can offer you lab standard tests and ultrasounds, some of which are time-sensitive. We offer both group care in the Connecting Pregnancy model and individual visits. Prenatal care happens at our Port Moody clinic.

Intrapartum care

Whether you plan to give birth at home or in hospital, we will be there with you from the time  you are in active labour until after your little one is safely in your arms.

Postpartum care

We care for both you and your newborn from the early hours after your baby is born until your baby is six weeks old. We’ll do our best to connect your family with a family doctor if you don’t have one. In the postpartum period, we also perform well-client care such as contraception discussions/prescribing and Pap smears.

Lactation Consulting

Inlet Birth is staffed with many practitioners skilled in breastfeeding support. We also host weekly postpartum drop-in sessions where any new parents experiencing feeding concerns can be seen by one of our lactation consultants at no cost to families. 

Connecting Pregnancy Care

Connecting Pregnancy (CP) is an innovative model that combines health care and prenatal education in a group setting.  Check-ups are combined with education and support from other members of the group.  Prenatal visits are interesting and fun, and a way to get to know other expectant families. If you are  interested in CP care:

  • You are invited to join a group of 10-12 clients with similar due month to yours, continuing until you are at term, with a reunion at 6 weeks after the babies are born.
  • CP groups last 2 hours and occur from 6-8pm to accommodate parents with daytime work commitments.  Initially we meet once a month, and later in the pregnancy every 2 weeks.
  • The group is guided by a midwife or family physician and a L&D nurse, who will remain with that group for the whole series.  At every meeting, you will have some private time with the midwife or doctor for a check-up (“belly check”).
  • Together with the other group members, you discuss topics related to pregnancy, birth, and parenting.  These include diet and exercise, the birthing process, comfort measures for labour, what to expect in the hospital, pain management options, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
  • Expectant parents get to know each other and form a support network.  They often stay connected for months or years afterwards.  Your parter or support person is welcome to attend and will find support for their experience as well.

Inlet Community Birth Program rests on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in in this territory.

Available On-Call 24 Hours
778-355-9596

#306 – 2502 St. Johns Street,
Port Moody, BC V3H 2B4
 

Our differences are what make our communities vibrant, our relationships worthwhile, and our family lives more fulfilling. All Are Welcome at Inlet Community Birth Program.