FAQ

What does midwifery care cost?

The BC Ministry of Health covers the cost of midwifery services for all BC residents with a valid Carecard or BC Services Card through the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).

Is doula support covered?

No, doulas are not covered. Bloom accepts flexible payment plans.

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

Do I need a referral for midwifery care?

No referral is required.

Are midwifery services regulated?

Yes. Midwives are registered with and regulated by the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) according to the BC Health Professions Act, the Midwives Regulation and the CMBC Bylaws. Midwives have been regulated and legally recognized as autonomous health care practitioners in BC since 1998.

Can I have a Doctor and a Midwife?

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.

Will I have access to the same tests and and prescriptions that I would have had with a Doctor?

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.

Doulas do not provide medical care, and do not deliver babies. Midwives are trained to provide all necessary medical care and ensure the health and well-being of you and your baby. Doulas work as a part of the team, with a midwife or doctor and nurse. Doulas provide continuous emotional and physical support to the labouring woman and her partner, and are a positive addition to the birth team for those couples who desire extra support. The assistance of a Doula can lead to lower medical interventions including less Cesarean section births and enable you to focus on your work together as parents both in labour and after your baby is born. For more information about doulas, see bcdoulas.org and dona.org.

Can I  benefit from a doula if I have a partner or emotional support person?

Some people think that they do not need a doula because their partner will be with them continuously throughout labour. It is true that the birth partner is an essential support person for a birthing person to have by their side. However, the birth partner will need to eat and use the bathroom at times, and they are having their own emotional journey that requires support. Also, many partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures, or what goes on in a hospital, while doulas have knowledge and experience about all of these things that they can use to inform and support both the partner and birthing person. Ideally, doulas and partners can work together to make up a labour support team.

In one landmark study that evaluated the effects of doulas and fathers working together, researchers found that combining a supportive partner and a doula significantly lowered the mother’s risk of Cesarean compared to just having a supportive partner alone.

Research has shown that the most positive birth experiences for fathers were ones where they had continuous support by a doula or a midwife. In the McGrath and Kennell study, the women and their partners who had a doula overwhelmingly rated the support of their doula as positive—with 93% rating their experience with the doula as very positive, and 7% as positive. In other studies, fathers have said that when they had labour support from a midwife or doula, things were explained to them, their questions were answered, their labour support efforts were guided and effective, and they could take breaks from the emotional intensity of the labour without abandoning their laboring partner (Johansson, 2015).

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We couldn't be happier with our decision to choose the Midwives to take care of us through our pregnancy journey and labour and delivery. From the first appointment to the day our baby was born we have been very well taken care of, informed and educated along the way. We had the opportunity to take the prenatal classes offered by Bloom which also eased our worries going into this new chapter. The classes are a must!! We took away so much information from those classes. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Made the drive from FSJ to Dawson so worth it and we wouldn't have changed a thing. Highly recommend.