Originally Posted by shenanegans
Its interesting to read all of these responses. I am due in July and put my name on all of the waiting lists when I was 13days past ovulation. I got a positive test before my period was even due. I am 23 weeks now and around week 17 I started calling the birth centers to get the scoop. Basically since I am due in the summer, 1st baby to be born in Montreal. The chances of getting in are even lower! Many of the midwifes go on vacation and they don't hire replacements. I attended my friends birth in Pt. Claire last spring so I was able to speak with the midwife recently about this waiting list situation. It was definitely discouraging. I wasn't willing to give up and luckily I just had my 2nd appointment with a private homebirth midwife today. The will attend my birth in July at home. I sure wish the spaces and services at the birth centers were more widely available, because now it seems like you only have a chance to get in if it is your 2nd baby there. I plan to write some letters to the local MP.
I didn't know there were private midwives in Quebec. I thought they all had to be associated with a Maison de naissance. Can you please tell me more? I'm set now but would still like to know all the options for the future and for passing on to friends. ETA - never mind, I just got caught up on the HB in Montreal thread so saw all the info about "underground" midwives.
I'm so sorry to hear about the situation in Montreal in this thread and the other one. It's true that there is wayyy more demand than there are available midwives in Quebec. In the province's defense, there is a huge push on now to increase the services. In a nutshell, above-board midwifery was basically shut down for several decades but the govt is very much in support of making it as available as possible in the future. In no small part because the MDN safety and satisfaction records are incredibly high. There have been several articles in our papers here in the last few years. I understand that the money exists (though of course that can change quickly from one budget to the next) and the plans are in place to open more and more MDNs but the main limitation right now is training midwives. The only school is in Trois Rivieres and it is limited in the number of graduates it can produce. I've been told that Quebec midwives have to be trained in TR, outside qualifications are not transferable. Hopefully I'm wrong about that as it's totally ridiculous and limiting. However, it looks likely that our daughters will have much better access to midwives and natural birth support than we do now...for what that's worth.