calling for help from Canadian bees- pregnancy related

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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:

https://www.cpsbc.ca/physician_search

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@thefullmonty:  There is lots of good information on the website of this Midwifery Clinic.

http://www.midwiferygroup.ca/faq.htm

 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.

http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/eligible.html#enroll

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@thefullmonty:  Ask

@julies1949:  your questions.  She’s probably one of the best here for the BC system 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

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 # 10
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Bumble bee

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 # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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:

http://www.pomegranate-midwives.com/

http://opendoormidwifery.ca/

http://birthandbeyondmidwives.com/our-midwives/

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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!!! 

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