When Karen Ng learned she was expecting her first child with husband David Trinh, she knew she wanted a way to manage a natural childbirth. After much research, they planned for a water birth.
“It’s uncommon in the Asian culture to have a water birth,” said Karen. She knew she’d need the guidance of trained professionals, so she turned to Diversity Midwives; one of two midwifery organizations that partners with The Scarborough Hospital (TSH).
She recalls that her midwifery team of three – Mojgan Ramezanpour, Fang Yu, and Tenisha Hibbert – were fantastic and worked with her to help structure her birth plan.
“I knew I wanted to give birth in a hospital for the peace of mind it provides, but I didn’t know which hospitals were equipped with water birthing facilities,” said Karen.
Karen was excited to learn that TSH, her neighbourhood hospital, offered water births.
“During my tour of the Birchmount campus, I felt right at home. It provided a calm and quiet atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”
Following the birth of baby Mia on April 29, 2016, Karen took full advantage of TSH’s free Breastfeeding Clinic. She was also grateful for the many tips on baby care offered by the nursing staff in the Family Maternity Centre.
“The nursing staff was knowledgeable and compassionate. Their approach to care was very personable, which helped ease many of my doubts and concerns with a newborn. They showed me and my husband the ‘tricks of the trade’, from bathing, to diapering, and feeding. Their guidance was invaluable during this challenging and exciting time.”
Karen and her family look forward to using the outstanding services at TSH for her future births.