Family physicians have a keen understanding of the long term impact a healthy pregnancy can have not only on mothers but on their children. We see maternity care as an opportunity to impact the future well-being of a growing family.
We also have a holistic approach to our patients' care. Our focus is not only the health of the pregnancy but also of the family preparing for the arrival of a baby, knowing that this, in turn, has a significant impact on the newborn's health. Being grounded in our communities, family physicians can offer local resources that benefit new parents and infants.
Many studies have shown lower intervention rates by family physicians ultimately leading to better outcomes for our low risk obstetrical patients. We avoid over-medicalizing what is a natural life cycle, but we are also prepared to work closely with our talented obstetrical colleagues when their surgical skills are required.
Family physicians continue to support families in the postpartum period to ensure a smooth transition. This includes giving advice and support for breastfeeding, contraception and mood disorders after delivery. We strive for excellent communication with your own family physician to ensure seamless continuity of care after birth.