The Birth Centre

The Birth Centre is at 603 St. Mary’s Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

For more information about programs & services at the Birth Centre, please see Frequently Asked Questions below or call us:

204-594-0900 (in Winnipeg)
1-866-947-1517 (toll-free outside Winnipeg)

Download our Birth Centre brochure (billingual) here.

Please click the link for a photo tour of the Birth Centre on Flickr.

The Birth Centre is now a milk drop site for NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank and will start accepting donations from screened donors on January 4th, 2016. If you would like to donate, call 1-403-475-6455 or visit www.northernstarmilkbank.ca to get the process started and to find out more information.

You can also visit our FAQ section about milk donation here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Birth Centre

What services does the Birth Centre offer?

The Birth Centre offers clients and their families a range of primary maternity services. These include:

  • prenatal, pregnancy and postpartum care by midwives
  • counselling services
  • health education programs on parenting and newborn care

What are the features of the Birth Centre?

The Birth Centre offers people a comfortable, home-like setting to give birth. Each of the four large birthing rooms has a large shower and tub, a double bed, and comfortable chairs for those who support the client through the birth.

The Birth Centre also has a lounge with a kitchen where families and support people can wait and rest when attending a birth.

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. While there are some permanent midwife positions at the Birth Centre, any midwife employed by the Winnipeg Health Region can provide clinical and birthing services to their clients at the Birth Centre.

Please note: There are no doctors on staff at the Birth Centre.

Birth Centre support staff includes birth centre assistants, health educators, counsellors, and administrative staff.

How can I give birth at the Birth Centre?

People who want to birth at the Birth Centre must be:

  • in the primary care of a registered midwife employed by the Winnipeg Health Region
  • healthy and having a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy
  • assessed to be sure they meet standards set by the College of Midwives of Manitoba for a safe out-of-hospital birth

Please click the link for information on how to get a WRHA midwife or call Centralized Intake for Midwifery at 204-947-2422 ext. 307.

Please click 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 parent and baby will be transferred to the most appropriate hospital. The Birth Centre has a special entrance for easy access if emergency vehicles are needed. 

For more information on the Birth Centre:

Birth Centre Principles of Service [PDF]

For more information on the Birth Centre, please contact us: whc@womenshealthclinic.org