Post # 1
Hi I recently moved to Vancouver from the UK.
We are 7 weeks pregnant (EDD 28 august).
The problem is I have no idea what the procedure is in Canada! In the UK we have a family doctor we go through to access health services, but I have not managed to get a doctor to put me on his books.
Can I just go to a walk in centre to have my pregnancy confirmed etc? Where do I go for an ultrasound? I’d also prefer to see a midwife if possible but I’m not sure how common that is here?
I haven’t had to use any health care services yet so I am pretty naive about the processes over here and I don’t want to ask anyone at work as that would entail me fessing up before I’m ready.
Thanks in advance
Post # 3
I’m not sure about BC but perhaps it could be similar in Ontario. It depends on what kind of residency you have here – ideally you’d have the right to health coverage so that you can get a regular ob/gyn (which must be referred by a family doctor). If you go to a walk-in, you will be paying through the nose!
In Ontario, if you want to find a family doctor, you need to call the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons – I’d imagine there must be a similar kind of organization in BC?
Not sure if that was helpful at all, but good luck!!! 🙂 And congratulations!
Post # 4
I’ve never been pregnant, but I have had a few ultrasounds.
A walk in doctor can give a referral (I’ve had them do it before), but it is best to get a family doctor. You can use this site:
Do you have a BC health card yet (might have a slightly different name)? You should look into the requirements for getting one if you don’t yet.
All of the ultrasounds I had needed a requistion from a doctor. An Ob/gyn might have them in their practice, I’m not sure.
I don’t know if BC fully covers midwives or not, here there is a certain amount of coverage, but they tend to be in high demand.
Post # 5
@thefullmonty: There is lots of good information on the website of this Midwifery Clinic.
BC full covers midwifery care. You have to choose a midwife or a GP as one or the other is covered (unless there is an emergency).
Here is the information on how to enroll in the BC Medical Services Plan if you have not already done so.
Post # 6
@julies1949: your questions. She’s probably one of the best here for the BC system 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I am enrolled in the msp so I’m not worried about the cost etc. I think it sounds like I need to find a doctor or a midwife to take me on. I’m just anxious to get everything checked out!
I’ll check out those websites
Post # 8
There are plently of doctors that are taking patients in BC (and the list changes all the time), just be aware that you make have to travel to get to them, not sure where exactly you are. Just look here https://www.cpsbc.ca/physician_search and then phone around till your find one taking patients. Beware that family doctors fill up quickly so you really have to be on the ball, check out http://www.ratemds.com/ for reviews on all the physicians so you can weed out the terrible doctors.
Same thing if you want to use a midwife, you can only choose one or the other I believe for your care.
Walk in Clinics can help you in the meantime till you find a family doctor.
If you have your BC Care Card it wont cost you anything.
Post # 9
@julies1949: would it be worth me going to a walk in clinic just to see someone to confirm the pregnancy do you think? Would that be covered by msp?
I’m going to try that midwifery practise you linked to to see if they can take me on. Fingers crossed!
Thanks for your help
Post # 10
Seeing a doctor is always free with MSP. You only have to pay if you find a private specialist, which you aren’t doing.
Post # 11
@Genuine513: thanks! I thought it probably would be free but I was afraid walk ins might cost more.
I’m surprised how different the Canadian and British health systems are considering they are both free at the point of use systems! It only comes to light when you need to use it I guess.
Thanks again you’ be set my mind at rest that I can at least get an initial appointment sorted out.
Post # 12
@Genuine513: Actually there are not plenty of doctors taking on new patients in BC. The list on the CPSBC website relies on the doctors themselves to update the site and that doesn’t happen. We get calls from patients all the time who tell us they called everyone on the list in their community and still can’t find a GP.
@thefullmonty: If your MSPis effective, i.e you are past the waiting period, you can go into any walk-in clinic to have your pregnancy confirmed.
Post # 13
@thefullmonty: midwives are fully covered in BC. My family doc refered me to an OBGYN although he said if I wanted I could go to him for everything. He did seem to push the OBGYN though, especially since they are associated with certain hospitals and will be the ones delivering the baby. Doesn’t cost me anything. A midwife would be just as good and they have the added bonus of house visits. i’m sure you can go to a walk in and they can refer you to either.
If you don’t know when you conceived, they will write you up a requisition for a dating ultrasound which you can take to any ultrasound/imaging place (there are some private ones you can pay for but only needed if you want to get in right away), but it will probably be a form from a specific location so you can go with that one if you want.
Goodluck and congrats!
Post # 14
@thefullmonty: Hi and Welcome to BC! I live on Vancouver Island. Midwifery is pretty common in BC, particularly in Vancouver and Victoria – UBC has one of the best midwifery training programs. You can contactt a midwifery clinic directly. They also often have online intake forms. Once with the midwife they can provide ultrasounds and care until 6 weeks post partum. Here are links to some clinics in Vancouver:
Post # 15
Hi there! It sounds like the ladies have given you some great advice already! I live near Vancouver in BC too, so if you have any questions feel free to ask! If you are interested in a midwife I would recommend you call a clinic ASAP because they fill up quick!!!