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Midwives typically welcome clients into care between 8-10 weeks gestation, when they have an initial appointment. They are then seen every 4 weeks until 30 weeks of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, they are offered weekly visits until childbirth. The client has access to her midwife (or midwifery team) 24 hours/7 days a week throughout her care.
When labour progresses the midwife goes to the client's home to assess progress and remains with the client through active labour and delivery; in the client’s home, at a birth centre or in the hospital. Typically 3 to 4 hours after the birth, if the mother and baby are stable, they will be discharged home by the midwife if at a birth centre or the hospital. If the birth occurred at home, the midwife will leave at this point. Post partum visits at home by the midwife are usually done on Days 1, 3 and 5 unless further visits are required. The mother and baby will generally go to the clinic at 2, 4 and 6 weeks post partum when the care is completed.