Markham-Stouffville's New Alongside Midwifery Unit
My birth nerd came out last week when I read the press release about a new 24-hour midwifery unit launching at Markham-Stouffville Hospital (expected to be ready by the end of June 2018!!!!). The full press release is here, but below are the highlights, and oh my is this exciting:
- The new unit will be across the hall from the current labour and delivery unit, and will be staffed entirely by midwives. Think of it as a stand-alone birth centre, but with the added benefit of having access to high-tech obstetrics across the hall.
- This means that there will be better access to non-medicinal comfort measures for the birthing person, including tubs for waterbirths, birth stools, nitrous oxide, squat bars, and birth balls.
- This is the first unit of it's kind in Canada (!!!!)
- It is expected that the AMU will support more than 1,000 additional families over the next five years once the unit is fully operational.
This is amazing news, as I have been thinking more and more lately about how Durham Region badly needs a birth centre like the one in Toronto.