Q: Can I become a patient of this clinic?
A: The clinic is for patients up to 28 weeks pregnant who do not have a family doctor and are planning to have their baby at Grand River Hospital.
Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral or can I just contact the clinic myself?
A: You do not need a doctor’s referral. Those interested can call 519-749- 4300, ext. 3580. Please leave a clear message with your name and a phone number where we can reach you between 9 am and 3 pm.
Q: What if I have medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure?
A: The nurse practitioner accepts mothers who do not have a chronic medical condition that could complicate their pregnancy. If you have one of these conditions and do not have a family doctor, we will refer you to an obstetrician for your care.
Q: What is an obstetrician?
A: An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in all aspects of women’s health including their care during pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetricians are also surgeons in their field.
Q: I am new to the area and don’t have a family doctor. Can I come to the clinic?
A: Yes. Since you don’t have a family doctor and you are planning on having your baby at Grand River Hospital, you can be a patient of this clinic.
Q: I have a family doctor; however, my doctor does not do any prenatal care. Can I be seen at the clinic?
A: No. Your family doctor must make a referral for your care directly to an obstetrician. If you would like to see a midwife you can self refer simply by calling a local midwifery practice.
Q: I have left a message with the clinic. How long will it take for someone to call me back?
A: The clinic secretary will call you within five business days. Please don't call more than once, as we have many patients and receive many phone calls each day.
Q: What are the clinic hours?
A: The clinic is open from 9 am to 4 pm. We are closed on Fridays, weekends, and statuary holidays.
Q: How often will I be seen at the clinic?
A: We will schedule two appointments with you right away, and then you will be seen every four weeks or more often if needed.
At your first appointment you will meet with the nurse practitioner to do the following:
- Create a plan for your pregnancy;
- Have blood work done on the same day;
- Receive an offer for genetic testing ; and
- Have an ultrasound booked for another day. Please note that the ultrasound is never done on the same day of your visit to the clinic.
This visit will take between two and two-and-a-half hours. At your second visit you will have a full physical and prenatal education session. You can expect this visit to last an hour or two. Other visits range from 15 to 20 minutes.
If you do not speak English or your English is limited, please bring an interpreter with you. We want to make sure that you understand the information shared with you.
Q: Do you call me back with the results each time I have an ultrasound or a blood test?
A: No. Blood tests and ultrasound reports are usually reviewed at the next booked visit. If the nurse practitioner needs to review the results before your next visit, we will call you to schedule an earlier appointment.
Q: Can the nurse practitioner prescribe medications for me?
A: Yes. In some situations the nurse practitioner can treat illnesses. However, if you are diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you will then be referred to a specialist and your pregnancy care will be transferred to an obstetrician.
Q: If I am not feeling well, what do I do?
A: Call the office and you will be booked to see the nurse practitioner. If it is an emergency or the clinic is closed and you are less than 20 weeks pregnant, go to the emergency department at Grand River Hospital's KW Campus (835 King Street West in Kitchener).
If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and it is a problem with your pregnancy, go to obstetrical triage on the fourth floor of the D-Wing at Grand River Hospital’s KW Campus (also at 835 King Street West). If it is not a problem with your pregnancy, go to the emergency department.
To get to fourth floor D wing, take the elevators in the front lobby opposite Tim Hortons to the fourth floor. Walk straight ahead down the long corridor until you reach large glass doors. Pick up the phone and say that you need to see the triage nurse.
Q: Do I have a choice of which obstetrician I will be assigned to?
A: No. This is assigned on a rotational basis. You may be referred to one of 12 obstetricians.
Q: Can I go to a midwife for my pregnancy?
A: Yes. You can self-refer to a midwife instead of coming to this clinic.
Q: Do I see the nurse practitioner while I am seeing the obstetrician?
A: After your care is transferred to an obstetrician you will meet with her/him until you have your baby. You will return then to the nurse practitioner clinic with your baby within one week after the birth.
Your obstetrician will see you for a check-up six weeks after delivery, or earlier if needed.
Q: How often does the nurse practitioner see my baby after birth?
A: At one week, two weeks, four weeks, and two months.
Q: If I find a family doctor while I am a patient at the clinic, can I bring the baby to be examined by the NP anyway?
A: No. If you find a family doctor, you need to call the nurse practitioner clinic and let them know who your new doctor is. All your records can then be sent over to your new family physician.