Originally Posted by memz
I just found out that i'm pregnant. I'm about 5 weeks. I live on the south shore of montreal and have called all the birthing centers in montreal. None of them will take me because I don't live on the island...i'm 20 minutes away.... I just feel like crying. I really don't want to have a hospital birth...what can I do ??? Anyone...any ideas...I'm really apprehensive to dot it in a hospital...
I did a search to see if they had a website, and I found this page about the Maison de Naissance Côte-des-Neiges: http://www.clsccote-des-neiges.qc.ca...Naissance.aspx
I'm not certain when it was published, but it says that demand for midwives is three times higher than what they can provide. It also says that their client base is broken down as follows: Cote-des-Neiges (13%), Plateau Mont-Royal (24%), Rosemont (22%), East Island (14%), Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (6%), Verdun-LaSalle (4%), West Island (3%); and old clients
from the South Shore (5%) and the North Shore (6%).
So, it looks like they used to accept off-island patients, but stopped (due to the to high demand perhaps?).
My son was born on the South Shore, at Hopital Charles Lemoyne. It's a certified baby friendly hospital
. I was very happy with my doctors and nurses. I made sure to take the course offered by the CLSC, and tour the hospital beforehand, to ensure I knew what to expect. They have a tub for you to labour in, and my doctor was open to delayed cord clamping. I wanted to deliver in-hospital, because I'm a worry wart. I'm happy I did (there was a very scary 20 minutes where my son's heart rate got really low). It all worked out very well for us.
If you end up delivering in-hospital, perhaps the support of a doula would make you feel safer.