The Midwifery program began in January of 2014 and provides care to low-risk women and their families during pregnancy, labor, and up to 6 weeks postpartum, these services are free to anyone with a BC Health Care Card.
Women have the option of giving birth at Chilliwack General Hospital or at home, providing conditions are safe for home delivery. Distance from the hospital, back-up midwife availability, healthy and normal pregnancy and labor are all part of the factors which will influence the decision around choice of birthplace.
The Midwife works closely with the Kwiyo:s team in the Maternal Child Health program by providing free pre and postpartum education to families in 7 communities. The Midwife also works with other members of the Health team to ensure mothers and families have access to consistent, free, quality health care throughout the childbearing cycle.