Following on the heels of The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) first water birth at the Birchmount campus last December, the hospital’s Family Maternity Centre (FMC) at the General campus excitedly welcomed its first baby born by water birth on January 9.
Charles Gregory Prata was born at 12:55 p.m. to proud parents Mark and Lorraine Prata.
“During the birth of my eldest son Mason – who was also delivered at The Scarborough Hospital – the nurses recommended I rest in a warm jetted tub to ease my contractions,” said Lorraine.
“The calm environment and soothing feeling encouraged me to consider a water birth during this pregnancy.”
When Lorraine arrived at the General campus FMC in labour, she learned she was already significantly dilated and that there would be no time for an epidural to aid with pain relief. Supported by midwives Cara Begg-Reid and Claudette Leduc from Sages-Femmes Midwives, Lorraine was helped into the tub, which quickly put her at ease.
“I was very comfortable,” remarked Lorraine. “It was nice to know that these services were available to me and my family in our own community.”
TSH’s first water birth occurred exactly a month before on December 9 at TSH’s Birchmount campus, when Scarborough resident Diana Jallim gave birth to her daughter and second child Savannah. Savannah was delivered by midwives from Diversity Midwives, who have been providing care for women at TSH for over 12 years and were instrumental in introducing water births to TSH.
“Offering water births is an important part of how TSH respects the diversity of our patient population and assists expectant mothers in giving birth their way, according to their preferences, customs and beliefs,” said Dr. Georgina Wilcock, Co-Medical Director, Maternal Newborn and Child Care program at TSH.
“In addition to the introduction of water births and the expansion of our midwifery team, TSH has also been recruiting additional obstetricians to our Maternal Newborn and Child Care program.”
“We are excited to see interprofessional collaboration at work at The Scarborough Hospital,” said Dr. Nathan Roth, Co-Medical Director, Maternal Newborn and Child Care program at TSH.
“This collaborative care model allows for interprofessional excellence between our midwives, physicians, nurses and support staff. It’s all part of our commitment to provide the very best care close to home.”
Expectant parents at TSH also have access to a wide variety of other services, including pre-natal tours and classes, an early pregnancy assessment clinic, a breastfeeding clinic, and an umbilical cord partnership with Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program.
Though Lorraine is unsure at this time whether she and husband Mark will be expanding their family of four anytime soon, she “highly recommends” The Scarborough Hospital’s Maternal Newborn and Child Care program.
For more information on the Maternal Newborn and Child Care program, visit the TSH website.