COVID-19 Updates

Update: November 9, 2021

Please call us at 204-947-1517 before visiting our clinic at 419 Graham Avenue.

Please note: You must wear a mask at our facilities. Thank you for your understanding.

We take the health and safety of our community very seriously. We are doing everything we can to keep people safe as they use our services. We closely follow updates and recommendations from:

·        Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
·        Shared Health
·        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
·        The Public Health Agency of Canada 

We continue to adapt our services as these organizations provide new information and revised public health recommendations. Thank you for your patience as we make changes for everyone’s health and safety.

COVID-19 Screening at WHC:
Clients and Visitors: We screen clients and visitors by telephone before their appointment, and when they arrive at the clinic. If they are ill, we strongly encourage people to stay home for everyone’s well-being.

Staff: Staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination. Staff members who cannot, or choose not to be vaccinated undergo testing before each shift. All clinic staff are required to follow WRHA protocols and to self-screen for symptoms daily before coming to work.

Please note: We are not a COVID-19 community testing site. For a list of screening sites in Winnipeg, please see the Government of Manitoba website.

WHC Program-Specific Information:

 

*Please note: Some staff are working remotely; response times may be delayed. We appreciate your patience. 

Health Services

We currently provide appointments for the essential services listed below. Where possible, appointments are by phone.

  • Aspiration and medication abortion – including intake and follow-up
  • emergency contraception
  • pregnancy and birth control counselling and information
  • birth control – including pill pick up, IUD insertions, and urgent birth control follow-up
  • STI checks and treatment
  • Pap tests

We are accepting other appointments on a case-by-case basis. If you have a health concern that is not on this list, please call us at 204-947-1517. Our reception staff can help book an appointment for you or provide other community resources.

Counselling Services & Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program

Our general counselling and eating disorder program intake lines are open:

  • Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program: 204-947-2422 ext. 137.
  • WHC’s general counselling program: 204-947-2422 ext. 204

We currently offer:

Parenting Groups and Workshops

Drop-in groups are cancelled; most of our programs are available online.

We are now offering some small in-person parenting support programs at the Birth Centre. Parents and caregivers able to show proof of vaccination may register to attend with children in their care.

For a complete list, please click here.

To register, or for more information on any of these groups, please email mothersprogram@womenshealthclinic.org or call 204-947-2422 ext 113.

The WHC Family Programs Warm Line can help you find resources or connect you with one of our parent support group facilitators. The warm line is for any parent or caregiver of young children, not just mothers. Call 204-947-2422 ext. 113 and leave a message, or email mothersprogram@womenshealthclinic.org.

Health Education and Training

All health education workshops/training are now offered virtually. For more information on upcoming service provider training sessions (SHiFT: Sexual Health Facilitator Training or Coping with Change Facilitator Training) please click here.

Please contact our program assistant at 204-947-2422 ext. 113 or  mothersprogram@womenshealthclinic.org if you have any questions.

Birth Centre

Midwifery Intake

To request a midwife, you may:


Scheduled Midwifery Appointments

We are continuing with midwifery appointments. Some will be by telephone and some will be in-person.

You will be screened before your first appointment and in-person when you attend your appointments.

We will ask:

Have you or anyone in your household:

  1. Had new onset of cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache)?
  2. Returned from travel outside Manitoba in the last 14 days?
  3. Had exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case within 14 days? 
  4. Had close contact with someone being tested for COVID-19 at this time?
  5. Been instructed to self-isolate or self-monitor for 14 days?
  6. Had a COVID test in the past 14 days and waiting for results?

If any of these questions apply to you, a midwife will discuss options for visiting you in your home or in hospital. During home visits, midwives wear personal protective equipment.

If your answers to any of the above questions change at any time, please notify your midwife ASAP.

Please note: Currently, only the pregnant person and one support person may attend appointments.

Currently, we are not offering childminding at the Birth Centre. If you have more than one support person, they will be asked to wait outside, so please plan accordingly.

We strongly encourage handwashing and physical distancing. We ask that you sanitize your hands when you arrive and to allow our front desk staff some physical space. We will provide you with a medical mask upon entry.


Labour and Delivery

We pre-screen every pregnant person and support person during admission. If the screening questions apply to you, you may be redirected to the hospital for labour and birth.

Currently a pregnant person can have one support person with them for their labour, delivery, and postpartum care at the Birth Centre. They can have an additional visitor, if they AND the visitor both provide proof of full vaccination. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your midwife.

 

NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank Drop Site

We continue to accept milk donations but please call us first at 204-594-0900. If you are a first-time donor or want to donate, visit www.northernstarmilkbank.ca and call 1-403-475-6455 BEFORE calling or coming to the Birth Centre.

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS)

The UNHS program continues to see clients at the Birth Centre. They will be pre-screened by phone before their appointment and screened in-person when they come to their appointment. They can have one support person attend their appointment with them. Medical masks will be provided upon arrival.

 

 

 

Check this page regularly for updates.

 

Thank you for your consideration and understanding as we continue to monitor the situation.