TORONTO, ON, July 26, 2014 — The Toronto Birth Centre (TBC) today celebrates the birth of its first 100 babies born at this provincially-funded, midwifery-led birth centre. The facility, a partnership including Women’s College Hospital, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and six other midwifery practice groups, offers women from underserved groups, (including Aboriginal, immigrant, inner city women, those who identify as LGBTQ, refugees, and teens) a safe, comfortable place to have their baby.
“Giving women more options on where to receive maternity care makes sense so that families can seek the type of care that fits their needs,” said Sara Wolfe, President of TBC. “The increasing number of women coming to the facility to have their babies and weekly tours of the facility are a clear indication that the vision and intent of the facility is meeting the needs of women in Toronto.”
The project is a community partnership funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Specific criteria and standards for the birth centres to operate as independent health care facilities have been established and are now operational. TBC is one of two birthing centres recently opened in Ontario, with the second one located in Ottawa.
As Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, a client of TBC stated: “We feel so blessed to have had a healthy birth at a special place with caring people. Thank you so much for sharing and supporting the birth of our beautiful daughter.”
“The centre is offering more choices as to where women can deliver healthy babies, while helping to keep hospital beds free to focus on more complex births,” added Wolfe. “The planned celebration of the 100 new moms and babies is a way to honor the women who are choosing this facility as a viable option for them and their families.”
For more information on the Toronto Birth Centre, visit www.torontobirthcentre.ca or call (416) 366-8080.
For more information, or to schedule a media interview, please contact:
Title: Sara Wolfe, President of TBC or Linda Simon, Executive Director of TBC
Phone: (416) 366-8080