What To Expect From Our Maternity Clinic in Calgary

First pregnancy and lots of questions?  Our Maternity Clinic in Calgary will answer them. Third baby and forgetful? Not a problem. Feeling overwhelmed after you deliver?  We can address that too.

No matter what your concerns, we endeavor to assist our patients in navigating safely through the course of their pregnancy and beyond.  We hope to provide you with the tools you need to enter into labour, confident and prepared. Our office can often see patients on short notice. It is important that you call the office first thing in the morning if a concern arises. We will do our very best to try and accommodate you.


For the safety of our patients, our Calgary maternity clinic can only provide care for those patients that are deemed to be low-risk. High-risk patients, such as those with complex or emergent medical conditions during pregnancy, or those patients with significant fetal malformations detected on ultrasound, are best followed by an obstetrician.

Can I Show Up to Any Hospital to Deliver My Baby?

Simply put, no. If you are receiving prenatal care out of our office, it is important to present to the Rockyview General Hospital for your labour and any other after-hours concerns. Other hospital including South Health Campus are consistently faced with capacity issues. Patients are often transferred during labour to their designated hospital if presenting to another hospital.

What If My Delivery Does Not Go As Planned?

Not all labours go exactly as planned. Don't be alarmed. Having a baby is hard work and can take time. A Cesarean sections is always a possibility during labour, but is only performed when continuing with labour is no longer possible (ex. an exhausted mother) or is deemed to be unsafe (ex. the baby is in distress).

How Long Will I Stay in Hospital After Delivery?

Patients typically remain in hospital for 24 hours after a vaginal delivery, and 48 hours after a Cesarean section. Each patient is unique and hospital stays can sometimes be longer.

Do I Need a Birth Plan?

Some patients have heard about birth plans from friends or during prenatal classes. While a formal birth plan is certainly not required, we feel patients should at least give some thought to their labour preferences such as pain control during labour, or who they choose to be in the delivery room as a support person. Efforts will be made to support birth plans, provided they do not conflict with hospital policy (ex. open flames from candles). The objective of the delivering physician is always to preserve and promote the health of the mother and her baby - before, during, and after delivery.

Can Cord Blood Collection be Performed at my Request?

Yes. Cord blood collection is typically straightforward to facilitate. In the event of a medical emergency however, a mother and baby's health takes precedence over cord blood collection.

What is Delayed Cord Clamping?

Delayed cord clamping is a practice where the delivery physician waits to clamp the cord after birth. A delay of 45-60 seconds is all that is necessary. In a routine, uneventful delivery, this is standard procedure. Delayed cord clamping may not be performed if a baby is not vigorous after birth and needs immediate resuscitation.

Will My Maternity Care Provider be Present for My Delivery?

For patient safety reasons, patients are delivered by the dedicated on-call physician. The on-call physician is one who shares call responsibilities with your prenatal care provider as part of a call group. All members of the call group adhere to the same hospital and regional guidelines.

Some Important Dates To Remember

9-12 weeks: First Prenatal Visit +/- Dating Ultrasound
9-14 weeks: First Trimester Screen for Chromosomal Abnormalities and Nuchal Ultrasound
18-20 weeks: Ultrasound for Fetal Anatomy
24-28 weeks: Diabetes of Pregnancy Screen
36 weeks: Group B Strep Swab
37 weeks: Delivery (variable)

Prenatal genetic screening tells a woman her chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, or an open neural tube defect. Screening is an option that is available free-of-charge for all pregnant women with  coverage in AB. As well, there are privately-paid options for early screening that are not available in the AB public medical system, which some women may choose to pay for themselves.

At your first visit, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive medical history form. This was allow the physician to identify any risks with your pregnancy as well as assist the physician in building a prenatal record for you. It is important that you try and obtain and remember the details of your medical history, family history, and prior pregnancy history.

The Alberta Prenatal Record is a document that summarizes your medical history as well as the events and investigations that occur during your pregnancy. A copy of this document will be provided to you later in your pregnancy (36th week of pregnancy) and is meant to accompany you when you go to the hospital.The physician may perform a brief examination at the first visit, as well as order any outstanding tests for pregnancy.

In order to ensure a healthy pregnancy, we encourage you to attend all of your prenatal appointments. Generally, you will be seen every 4 weeks until 28 weeks gestation, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks gestation, and finally every week until delivery. On occasion, your physician may need to see you more often depending on the course of your pregnancy.

At every visit, the fetal heart rate will be checked to ensure it is beating at an appropriate rate. After 20 weeks, your tummy will be measured each visit to check the growth of the baby. At 30 weeks and beyond, the presentation of the baby is checked each visit to determine whether the baby is facing head down (vertex) rather than feet first (breech). The great majority of babies will be head down, which is the ideal presentation for delivery.

You and your baby will receive several check-ups after delivery, prior to being discharged back to your family physician. We will make sure that any outstanding issues are addressed and/or communicated to your regular doctor. During these visits, we will focus on your mood, bleeding, future contraceptive plans, and general health.

Ask Your Family Doctor For A Referral