The South Okanagan Maternity Centre, located at the Penticton Regional Hospital, is aiming to give expectant mothers more choice for pregnancy, birth and newborn care with the addition of a midwide.
Staffed by four family physicians and now one midwife, the new model of care provides expectant mothers with lengthier midwife-style appointments in a hospital setting.
“For patients, care at the Centre can really be the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Jennifer Begin, Maternity Centre family physician.
Expectant mothers have access to hospital on-site testing, ultrasounds, labour and delivery services, and the Emergency Department.
They also have automatic access to a perinatal social worker and seamless referrals to other maternity specialists such as an obstetrician should the need arise.
Over the course of their pregnancy and for six weeks post-delivery, expectant mothers have the opportunity to meet each of the Centre’s family physicians and midwife, who attend births on a rotating basis at Penticton Regional Hospital. Services do not include home births at this time.
“Having this team-based clinic open is a great opportunity for providers to share their knowledge and for patients to benefit from standardized care,” says Centre family physician, Dr. Catherine Botting.
Now accepting new patients, expectant mothers from Penticton and the South Okanagan Similkameen can be referred to the Centre by a family physician, or they can call (250-770-7596) or drop by to book an appointment.
The Centre’s new model of care stems from a larger project to improve maternity care in the region, which engaged family physicians, midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, patients, Interior Health and allied health professionals.
The Centre is a joint collaborative between the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice and Interior Health.
The Centre is currently located on the second floor of the hospital but will be moving to the new David E Kampe tower in April 2019.