Creston NewsNews Team-based maternity care now available at the Creston Valley Hospital SHARE ON: Jensen Shields, staff Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 2019 (image courtesy of Jensen Shields) The Maple Maternity Clinic celebrated their launch yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speech from Dr. Karen Persad. The clinic which is located in the Creston Valley Hospital will host a team of three maternity care providers working in conjunction with public health nurses. They are expecting approximately 50 clients per year. Pregnancy services will cover prenatal, delivery, postpartum, and newborn care. “We were hoping we could offer a safe place for continuous care for anyone pregnant and their families in Creston.” Says Dr. Persad. “We wanted to provide holistic care throughout pregnancy with the support of our public health nurses through to delivery and beyond.” Dr. Persad, who gave a speech during the ribbon cutting ceremony, says the service was born from women’s’ feedback and that the clinic may set the groundwork for other communities to follow suit. “We’ve heard from our women in Creston that they really wanted to get to know their maternity team throughout their pregnancy.” Dr. Persad continues. “I would say we are trying to enhance the services. We really feel like our women benefit from extra antenatal support, prenatal education, breastfeeding support and support from a whole team.” The team based care will be covered through MSP. Dr. Persad says the Maple Maternity Clinic will allow people to get to know their maternity team through every step of their pregnancy. The clinic is open for appointments on Tuesdays from 9 – 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 1 – 3 p.m., and is available to all pregnant individuals. For appointments or more information call 250-428-3873. Funding for the collaborative effort was provided by Facility Engagement, an initiative of the Specialist Services Committee and partnership of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC. It supports collaboration between physicians and health authorities towards improvements in the delivery of patient care.