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Holistic Midwifery Care

We honour and incorporate local indigenous knowledge during the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical experiences of a pregnant person during their childbearing year.

Available 24/7

Midwives are on call 24/7. They are there for you on weekdays, weekends and holidays. They are always there for you when you need them. This helps reduce emergency room and hospital visits.

After Care

Midwives provide up to 6 weeks post-pardum care. The midwifery model of care means that rates of interventions, like c-sections, are low (about half the provincial average).

Home & Office Visits

We can come and visit you in your environment too! Pregnant people will have about 12 prenatal visits with a midwife before their baby is born. Appointments last 30 to 45 minutes.

SERVICES

Our mission is to provide quality medical midwifery care, support and guidance to pregnant people, their families, and communities in a safe and culturally appropriate setting open to traditional teachings and ceremonies. We honour and incorporate local indigenous knowledge in relation to the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical experiences of people during their childbearing year.

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Routine Check Ups

A client will have about 12 prenatal visits with a midwife before their baby is born.  Midwives arrange prenatal tests and routine prenatal testing, blood tests, ultrasounds, genetic screenings and standard laboratory and diagnostic tests.

photo credit: Natalie Lucier

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Home/Clinic/Hospital Birth

With low risk pregnancies most people can choose to have their birth at home, in clinic, or at the hospital. Midwives in Ontario are trained in hospital and out-of-hospital birth, including birth at home and birth centres.

photo credit: Liz Lott Photography

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Care

Midwives provide on-call care; including prenatal, care during birth, and postpartum care. Midwives provide care to both the pregnant person and baby for up to six weeks after birth.

photo credit: Natalie Lucier

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Breastfeeding Support

Midwives provide support, information, instructions and resources on breastfeeding. They provide personal assistance on techniques. Over 90% of midwifery clients are breastfeeding after six weeks, compared with a provincial average of about 60%.

photo credit: Natalie Lucier

''It all starts with good beginnings.'' - Carol Couchie B.H.Sc., R.M

ABOUT US

K’Tigaaning is an Anishnaawbemwin word which translates  to “In the Garden.” In a garden, we came and in a garden – we grow. Midwives work with pregnant people who are cultivating new life within them that will change their life path forever, expand their families and help build their communities. Each client Midwives work with helps them grow professionally as well. Midwives are in the business of nurture and life.

We provide midwifery clinic services through our clinic on Nipissing First Nation, ON and at our Powassan site as well. Our mission is to provide quality midwifery care, support and guidance to pregnant people, their families, and communities in a safe and culturally appropriate setting open to traditional teachings and ceremonies. We honour  and incorporate local indigenous (First Nation) knowledge in relation to the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical experiences of a pregnant person during their childbearing year . We endeavour to provide training and mentorship, and provide an environment conducive to inter professional development to initiate post-colonial and community-based healing and wellness in the area of maternal health and well-being.

Mother-daughter midwifery team Carol Couchie and Rachel Dennis have a combined experience of more than 20 years. They are both members of Nipissing First Nation. They have worked on First Nations and in large city centres across Canada. shortly after opening their clinic in Powassan, they were joined by midwife Audrey ten Westeneind who has been working as a midwife for over 15 years.
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1. Provide quality midwifery care, support and guidance to expecting women, their families, and communities;

2. Provide a safe and culturally appropriate medical setting open to traditional teachings and ceremonies;

3. Provide training and mentorship applicable to inter-professional development and First Nation midwifery education;

4. Provide an environment which initiates post-colonial and community-based healing, and wellness in the area of maternal health and wellbeing;

5. Work with community and integrated health contacts/programs to promote maternal health benefits of First-Nation specific midwifery client care.

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– Customized personal care

-Prenatal, care during birth, postpartum care

– Safe & enjoyable

– Customized birth plans

– High standards

– In home/clinic/hospital births

– Lower rate of C-sections and intervention

– Midwives’ expertise includes vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)

– Routine prenatal tests: Midwives arrange all routine prenatal testing including blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic screenings as well as standard laboratory and diagnostic tests.

*photo credit: Liz Lott Photography

MIDWIFERY

Currently, there are 97 midwifery clinics across the province, providing care to women and babies in urban, rural and remote communities.

Midwifery is a growing profession: there are currently about 625 registered midwives in the province, anticipated to   grow to over 1000 by 2015.

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Great things are happening at K'tigaaning Midwives!

Find out more about the new Nipissing First Nation location. Coming soon!

CONTACT US

40 Couchie Industrial Rd. S

North Bay, ON

P1B 8G5

Phone:705-476-2229

Fax: 705-476-2470

ktigaaning.midwives@gmail.com