Keeping the Clinic Covid-Safe
In-person Clinic Visit Protocols
We continue to follow recommendations as set by the Ministry of Health as well as the BC College of Midwives for protocol for in person visits. This includes:
- If you (or anyone in your household) are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, we will reschedule your appointment. Please do not attend your appointment if you or anyone in your household are feeling at all unwell. We can have your appointment virtually, or we can reschedule!
- Limiting the number of people in the clinic at any given time; Please come to your visit alone. (See below for more on this.)
- Limiting the time spent in close face to face proximity. (See below for more on this)
- Asking that all visitors wear a mask when in the clinic (unless you are not able to for medical reasons.)
- Wash or sanitize your hands upon entering.
Limiting the number of people in clinic
We know (REALLY, we really do know) that it is important for your partner to participate in pregnancy and postpartum care and that it is hard to not include partners or children when you come into the clinic. However, moving into the fall, we continue to request that you come to your visits alone. Because our clinic rooms are small and we are not able to open windows, we are doing our very best to keep the number of people coming through the clinic to a minimum.
Things that you can do to help your partner be a part of the visit.
- Bring them with you so that they can be with you for the phone portion of your visit prior to the in-person assessment.
- Once you come up to the clinic to hear the baby’s heartbeat, put your partner on speaker phone or on a FaceTime/video call so that they can “be” there with you.
- Have them join you for any of your scheduled video calls.
If you need help with translating, or for mobility, or if you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please speak with your midwife.
Limiting face to face time
For the same reasons as above we request that you please follow the protocol for in-person visits:
Wait nearby, either in your car if you are driving or close to the clinic otherwise for the midwife to call you at your appointment time. The midwife will begin the visit by phone, and will then ask you to come in for the in-person assessment part of the appointment. We do this to manage the traffic in the clinic, being mindful that we have people in the whole range of pregnancy stages as well as post-partum who are coming in and out.
If you are waiting for your appointment and you really need to use the bathroom, or your new baby is fussy and needs a break from the car, please give us a call first, whenever possible, prior to coming in so we can ensure there are not too many people in the space.
We know that none of this is ideal. Please understand that we really miss seeing your partners and other children too!