Is Blossom care covered by MSP?
Yes, BC Medical Services Plan covers the care from midwives. We just need your Personal Health Number at registration.
Do I need to see a doctor first to confirm my pregnancy before I register with Blossom?
No not at all. Blossom Midwives can confirm your pregnancy and begin your care once you register with us.
I don't know anything about midwives, are they the same as doctors?
Midwifery has been a regulated profession in BC since 1998. Midwives are highly trained and university educated. Midwives and doctors have similar scopes of maternity care practice. We offer all the same prenatal testing, ultrasounds and blood work. We deliver babies and support you postpartum for 6 weeks.
Can I have a doctor/obstetrician AND a midwife?
No, because the BC Medical Services Plan covers only one primary care provider for the duration of your pregnancy and birth, to six weeks following delivery for healthy pregnancies. The choice of caregiver during your pregnancy is up to you.
Midwives are experts in healthy pregnancy and normal birth and consult with family doctors and other specialists such as obstetricians as the need arises. Six weeks after delivery, when your midwifery care is completed, you will be transferred back to your family doctor who will resume responsibility for the health of you and your new baby. Families who do not have a family doctor are responsible for making arrangements for their ongoing primary care. Your midwife can provide you with more information on finding a doctor for your family.
How often do I see a midwife?
Midwife visits happen slightly more often than visits with doctors.
Most visits in the first part of pregnancy are scheduled every three to six weeks and last between 30-60 minutes. In the third trimester visits are scheduled more frequently and are often every week during the last month of pregnancy. Longer visits allow for physical, emotional and social health assessments and allow time for informed decision making and the development of a trusting relationship between clients and their care providers.
After your baby is born, visits usually take place wherever the new family resides. This may be in the hospital after a hospital birth or at home. After the first week or two, visits are scheduled in the clinic and continue for about six weeks when your care is transferred back to your family doctor. Between visits, midwives provide 24/7 call coverage for urgent care or concerns.
Can I have a home birth with Blossom?
Place of birth is an informed choice with Blossom and we are happy to support women to give birth at home or at Richmond Hospital. However, do our small practice, home birth requests are limited.
If I want pain relief in labour, can I have that?
Yes of course! This is your birth experience. We will discuss all pain relief options with you but midwives can order pain relief in labour including epidurals