Last update: June 26, 2020

**COVID-19 update**

There are many changes occurring in health care due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We are constantly monitoring recommendations to be as current and evidence-based as possible. We are updating our procedures to continue offering the safest and most up-to-date care, in order to protect our clients, staff, midwives and the community at large.

We understand that these measures are difficult, may change birth plans, and cause stress for families during an already stressful time. We do not take these steps lightly and we hope that we will be able to return to routine, open care as soon as possible.

Please note, the following measures are effective immediately at the OBWC:

  • *NEW* Effective June 26, 2020 Once you are admitted to a birth room by your midwife, up to 6 people are allowed to be in the room. Included in this number are the birthing person, the birth partner, two midwives, midwifery students, doulas, and extra support people. If you plan to attend a birth at the centre, please read the detailed guidelines posted below before coming to centre.
  • As per the recommendations of the chief public health officer, clients and support persons should wear a face mask upon entering the birth center and when traveling in hallways and common areas.
  • All midwives, clients and support people will be screened for infection before entering the building. If you present with any symptoms, you will not be permitted entry into the Birth Centre.
  • Midwives and Birth Centre Aides will be wearing appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as masks, visors or goggles, gowns, and gloves when providing care.
  • All non-essential staff will be working remotely until further notice, therefore midwives have been encouraged to page the Centre early when planning to admit to the Birth Centre.
  • The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre will not be offering access to Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) due to the increased risk of transmitting infection.

We must all work together to protect each other. Wishing you health and wellness.

-Your OBWC Team

Warm, safe, trusted, empowering.

The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is a midwife-led, community-based healthcare facility, located just south of downtown Ottawa. We offer each client a safe, comfortable, family-centered environment to welcome their baby into the world.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and led by a Board of Directors, the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is guided by the midwifery model of care. We believe pregnancy and birth are normal life experiences, unique to each birthing person and their family. Birth is respected as a life-changing event and an opportunity for personal and family growth – something to be cherished and celebrated. Join the growing number of Ottawa families who have chosen the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre as the right place for the birth for their baby.

A Safe Space

At the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, we aim to create a place that is safe and welcoming for people of all backgrounds, family types, and identities. We welcome and encourage you to incorporate your own cultural practices into your birth experience, and to speak with your midwife before your birth about any special requirements you may have. We recognize that families come in many different shapes and sizes, and that birthing parents can be any gender. With this in mind, we strive to ensure that all people have a positive, affirming experience during their labour and birth at the Centre.

I felt in control, supported, comfortable and safe.

– Birth Centre Client

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Happy, healthy families

The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is not just for birth! We are your community base for information and support about pregnancy, labour and birth, infant feeding, and parenting.

From yoga classes to childbirth education to first aid, our Wellness Centre offers a wide range of classes and services, to meet your needs before, and after, your baby is born.

What you need to know about birth centres

Who can use the Birth Centre?

Anyone with a home address in Ontario, in the care of a midwife who has appointment at the Centre, and experiencing a normal, low-risk pregnancy, and meeting the Centre’s eligibility criteria, which your midwife will review with you in the prenatal period, can choose to give birth at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre at no cost.

Wellness Centre services are available to all members of the public, regardless of care provider or where they are planning to give birth.

How much does it cost?

The Birth Centre is free for anyone with a home address in Ontario. Birthing services at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre are fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Ontario residents who do not currently have OHIP can also use the Birth Centre free of charge.

Most Wellness Centre services are offered for a fee.

Accessibility

The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is committed to serving all clients and their families, including people with disabilities. Designated parking is available, service animals are welcome, and all areas of the Centre are wheelchair-accessible. Please contact us if you have specific questions.

What if complications arise?

Your midwife will ensure that you remain a good candidate for a Birth Centre birth during your pregnancy and labour. If complications arise while you are at the Birth Centre, your midwife will recommend that you transfer to a hospital. The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre has well-established transfer protocols with paramedic services and local hospitals. We are conveniently located within seven minutes of CHEO and The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus.

Who regulates the Birth Centre?

The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is regulated by the Independent Health Facilities branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Centre is held to the highest health standards, and undergoes periodic assessments by the College of Midwives of Ontario.

When is the Birth Centre open?

The Birth Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are staffed around the clock by a team of non-clinical Birth Centre Aides, who provide support to midwives and clients. Clients should always contact their midwife before coming to the Centre.

Who we are

Our small staff team ensures that the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre runs smoothly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Alex McLaurin

Manager of Operations

Ayla Jacquard

Birth Centre Aide

Catherine Sylvain

Birth Centre Aide

Elyse Banham (leave)

Executive Director

Erica Green

Birth Centre Aide

Gabrielle Veilleux

Birth Centre Aide

Sarah Mayangi

Birth Centre Aide

Stefanie Frappier

Birth Centre Aide

Stephanie Aubry

Receptionist Administrative Assistant

Teresa Bandrowska

Lead Midwife

Tamara Brown

Acting Executive Director

Suzanne Desaulniers

Clinical Lead Midwife

Emily Demers

Birth Centre Aide