The Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre is an alternative for women and couples in the Montréal region who wish to experience pregnancy and childbirth with the help of a midwife. These services, covered by the health insurance card, are part of the CSSS de la Montagne perinatal program.
Aided by birth assistants, the midwives provide pre- and post- natal follow-up in addition to natural childbirth services for healthy women with normal pregnancies.
Since 2005, women have been able to give birth with the help of midwives of the Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre in three different locations:
1. The Birthing Centre
2. At home
3. The Jewish General Hospital
A number of studies have documented the issue of safe deliveries outside the hospital. In 1989, the New England Journal of Medicine studied nearly 12,000 births in American birthing centres. The authors pointed out that, for healthy women with normal pregnancies, out-of-hospital births are just as safe as hospital births.
Partnering with medical teams
Midwives at the Côte-des-Neiges Birthing Centre work closely with family doctors of the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges and the Herzl Family Practice Centre, obstetricians of the Jewish General Hospital and Hôpital Sainte-Justine, and neonatologists of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
In the event of complications, the midwives follow the Regulation respecting cases requiring consultation with a physician or transfer of clinical responsibility to a physician (c. S-0.1, r. 4) adopted in June 2004. In addition, they have on site the essential emergency medical equipment to ensure the safety of the mother and the baby.
Regulated practice and training
Future midwives must complete three years of internship in their four years of university training. The Ordre des
To get information or to make a request for midwife care, contact the Birthing Centre at (514) 736-2323. Please note that places are limited.
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.