Our Care

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Our Care

You will be cared for an supported by the FBC team of family physicians, midwives, nurses, nurse practitioner, doulas and allied health during pregnancy and until about 6 weeks after your baby is born. If you do not have a family physician, we will help you find one after you are discharged from our care.

Our small team of physicians and midwives at FBC all share the same philosophy of care and will work together to make your care as seamless and normal as possible. You will receive care from both types of care providers throughout pregnancy, delivery and during the postpartum period. When you go into labour, either a doctor or midwife will be on-call and will be present throughout active labour and when your baby is born. At FBC, both midwives and physicians will provide the same kind of care. We believe that continuous care in active labour is the safest and best option for pregnant people. Your care provider – physician or midwife – will be with you through most of your active labour. If you are in the hospital, maternity nurses play an important role as well. Our job is to ensure that you and the baby are safe and that labour is progressing in a healthy, normal way. We are also there to support, guide, and reassure you and your support people. We rotate our call schedule so that we can provide the best possible care and be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We will schedule “Meet the team” nights.

Please note that we do not offer home births.

Individual Care

The FBC Program provides a full range of primary maternity care services to the Fraser Valley’s childbearing women and their families. Located in Abbotsford, women receive interdisciplinary care from family physicians, midwives, community health nurses, lactation consultants and doulas. We provide group prenatal care or standard individual care, as well as postpartum and breastfeeding drop-in clinics.

Group Care

COMING SOON  – You may choose to receive prenatal and postpartum care in a one-on-one or group setting. In the first 24 weeks of pregnancy all pregnant people will attend individual visits, which allows for time to discuss important early tests, complete a medical history and perform a physical exam. Online group sessions begin approximately halfway through the pregnancy until 6 weeks postpartum. The group sessions, which are currently run online through Zoom for 2 hours due to COVID-19, are facilitated by a maternity care provider and a childbirth educator.

Doula Program

Doula is a Greek word meaning caregiver. They are trained childbirth attendants who provide women with continuous support throughout birth. She does not provide clinical care nor does she replace your partner during labour. Rather she works with your partner and family members during the birth to ensure that your physical and emotional needs are met. A comprehensive Cochrane review (an excellent source for evidence based facts regarding healthcare), showed that doula support reduces cesarean sections, increases birth satisfaction and decreases hospital length of stay. This hands-on physical and emotional support is shown through evidence to improve many aspects of the birth experience and is something that we at FBC support and encourage.

Doula services will be available through Candace Stock and her team of trained providers. Candace is an experienced doula who was trained through the DONA program in 2016 (link to bio). All doulas will be trained through DONA (Doulas of North America) approved training. This is recognized internationally as the oldest and largest doula association.

For those clients interested in having a doula involved in their care, or in asking more questions regarding this type of labour support, please contact Candace at candacestockdoula@gmail.com for more information. After completing an intake form, she will be in touch to further discuss costs and to match you with a doula best suited to your needs.

Postpartum Care

Postpartum care will be offered for both our current patients, as well as families who are happy with their pregnancy/birth care providers but would like to be a part of our comprehensive after birth/postpartum program. Care will involve many members of the multidisciplinary team. A midwife or physician will perform a discharge exam at the hospital, followed by home visits by an RN, NP or RM for those choosing early hospital discharge or with high risk concerns. Other low risk moms will be followed up in clinic for ongoing feeding support. Nurses will be cross trained lactation consultants who are able to provide comprehensive feeding plans, weight checks and ensure close follow up to promote breastfeeding. Drop in Breastfeeding clinics will also be offered for clients at FBC. You will have the opportunity to meet these providers during group prenatal classes and education nights. In addition, access to on site counselling will be available to those struggling with postpartum mental health concerns. We will continue to follow moms and babies until approximately 6 weeks post partum. For those without a primary care provider following discharge, we will arrange continuity of care with a family physician or nurse practitioner affiliated with FBC.

Mental Health

Perinatal mental health illnesses affect nearly 20% of childbearing women. These illnesses include, but aren’t limited to: perinatal depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, psychosis and eating disorders. Perinatal mental health illnesses are the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in this age group. Despite these illnesses having a prevalence that is more than triple that of gestational diabetes  or hypertension (~6% each), reproductive mental health concerns remains highly stigmatized and under resourced despite their known far reaching consequences. Women are hurting in silence. Suicide remains the most common cause of death in childbearing women.  Physicians, midwives, nurses and nurse practitioners will work with onsite counsellors to help screen for and manage these under recognized and under treated illnesses. In order to ensure access to all, counselling will be offered on a sliding scale basis. FBC will also help connect women with community outreach programs where it may be deemed helpful (such as Best for Babies, Hope for Women, Care for Women and addiction management).

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Allied Health

As our facilities open in January of 2022, we will be adding on services such as Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Dieticians and more. Please check back for announcements on new services.

Meet the Team Night

At FBC you will get to know your clinic and/or CP leaders very well as the majority of your prenatal care will be done by the doctor or midwife that leads your care or group. This continuity with one or two providers ensures that your care is comprehensive and that your individual needs are met. Your history and plans for birth are communicated to all the doctors and midwives who may be on call to attend you in labour. We all share the same philosophy of care and discuss our client care on a daily basis. In order to make you more comfortable with our entire team, we will regularly schedule “Meet the Team” nights.

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When You & Me Become Three

Join experienced child and family therapist, and mom-in-the-trenches, Karen Peters in this 9-part course. Designed for couples who are in the midst of growing their families, this course invites partners to strengthen their connection and develop a relationship game plan to survive the transition to parenthood with their relationship intact. Enjoy an engaging presentation style courtesy of an experienced parent that will equip you with the tools to create a legacy of care and connection for the family you are building.

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