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The staff at IWK Health work to provide the best possible care for you and your baby. From this page, you’ll be able to easily discover the services and clinics that we provide to expectant individuals and those who have pregnancy complications, and you’ll also find helpful information about planning for your stay, admitting and specific services, resources, and educational programs for expectant parents.

Referrals for Pregnancy Care

If you need medical care for your pregnancy, you should first visit your family doctor. If your physician is not specialized in obstetrics, then you should ask them to refer you to a family physician who can care for you during your pregnancy. Some pregnancies may require specialist care, by an obstetrician. 

If you do not have a family doctor, you DO NOT need a referral to see a family doctor who delivers babies (FM-OB, "family medicine obstetrics") or midwife. The list linked to the right (FM Prenatal Self Referral List) are family medicine providers who are open to taking new patients for the duration of their pregnancy.

Please note: these providers are unable to take patients on as their long-term family doctor. During your pregnancy, your baby can also be added to the Unattached Newborn list to ensure your baby has care for the first few months of life while awaiting attachment to a long-term doctor.

Midwifery Care

Midwives provide complete care during pregnancy, including regular visits, diagnostic tests, routine bloodwork, and emotional support.You can call a midwife as soon as you know you are pregnant to request care; you do not need a referral from a doctor. If you would like to apply for a midwife for your pregnancy you can request an intake form by emailing or by calling the clinic at 902-491-2292. Please note: you may be placed on a waitlist due to the high demand for Midwifery care.


In need of a family doctor? 

Call 811 or visit and register at the Need a Family Practice Registry to be notified when a primary care provider in your area is accepting new patients.


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