603 St. Mary’s Road
Number of births since December 2011: 170 (as of April 29th, 2013)
For more information about programs & services at the Birth Centre, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below or contact us:
Phone: 204-947-2422 ext 300
Please click on the link for a photo tour of the Birth Centre on Flickr.
Rhyme & Story Time - May 1 - June 19, 2013
Watch this space for upcoming professional development opportunities at the Birth Centre.
What services does the Birth Centre offer?
The Birth Centre offers women and their families a range of primary maternity services. These include:
What are the features of the Birth Centre?
The Birth Centre offers women a comfortable, home-like setting to give birth. There are four large birthing rooms. Each has a large shower and tub, a double bed, and comfortable chairs for those who support the woman through the birth.
The Birth Centre also has a lounge with a kitchen where a woman’s family and support people can wait and rest.
Clinical facilities and meeting spaces are also available at the Birth Centre.
Who provides services at the Birth Centre?
The primary care providers are midwives registered with the College of Midwives of Manitoba and employed by the Winnipeg Health Region. There are four permanent midwive positions at the Birth Centre. However, any midwife employed by the Winnipeg Health Region can provide clinical and birthing services to her clients at the Birth Centre.
There are no doctors at the birth centre.
Birth Centre support staff includes medical assistants, health educators, counsellors and administrative staff.
How can I give birth at the Birth Centre?
Women who want to birth at the Birth Centre must be in the primary care of a WRHA midwife. They also must be healthy and having a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy. They will be assessed to be sure that they meet the standards set by the College of Midwives of Manitoba for a safe out-of-hospital birth.
Please click on the link for more information on how to get a WRHA midwife.
Please click on the link to see the College of Midwives Standard for Planned Out of Hospital Birth.
What is the Birth Centre's plan for emergencies?
Each birth room has the supplies and equipment needed to manage a normal birth, including non-urgent complications. In an emergency, the mother and baby will be transferred to the most appropriate hospital. The Birth Centre has a special entrance with easy access if emergency vehicles are needed.
Birth Centre fact sheet - English [PDF 167 KB]
Birth Centre fact sheet - French [PDF 169 KB]
Principles of Service for the Birth Centre [PDF 164 KB].
Birth Centre original proposal [PDF 1.18 MB]
Please click the link to see construction photos of the Birth Centre on Flickr.
For more information about midwifery services in Winnipeg, please call Central Intake for Midwifery Services at 204-947-2422, ext 307.
Please click the following link for a listing of practice locations for Manitoba midwives or call the College of Midwives of Manitoba at 204-783-4520.
What are midwives?
Midwives are health care professionals trained to provide prenatal, labour and birth, and postpartum care. All practicing midwives must be registered with the College of Midwives of Manitoba. Midwives respect and support each woman’s right to make choices about her care, caregiver and place of birth.
Midwives offer the following care:
After the baby is born:
Other services midwives can provide:
For more information on midwifery practices, please see the College of Midwives of Manitoba standards of practice online.
Having a baby, whether by birth or adoption, changes your life. Our Mothers Program offers a range of community-based services in Winnipeg to support mothers through these changes.
For more information on any of the following mothering support services, please call the Mothers Program assistant at 204-947-2422, ext. 113.
Families Connecting is a Healthy Baby Community Support Program designed to assist soon-to-be and new parents to connect with health service providers and other parents with children in their communities.
The drop-in setting is informal and relaxing and allows parents to share experiences and learn together. All speakers, topics and activities are planned from suggestions by the parents who attend the group.
Each site offers:
Families Connecting meets:
Please note: Groups do not meet on public holidays.
For more information on Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit and Community Support Programming, please see: Manitoba Healthy Baby Programs
Women’s Health Clinic developed Coping with Change workshops for parents in the community and the service providers who work with them to build knowledge and support about how parenting changes our lives.
You’ve attended prenatal classes or pre-adoption workshops and now baby is home. What’s next?
Coping with Change workshops can help you understand the everyday changes that happen when a baby enters your life.
Coping with Change postnatal workshops for parents: Access River East (975 Henderson Hwy) - May 2013
Coping with Change postnatal workshops for parents: The Birth Centre (603 St. Mary's Road) - May 203
Registration required. To register, please call the Mothers Progam assistant at 204-947-2422, ext. 113.
Professional development seminars designed to provide health and social service providers with knowledge and skills to help normalize a woman’s experience after giving birth or adopting a baby.
For more information on any of the above mothering support services, please call the Mothers Program assistant at 204-947-2422, ext. 113.