Welcome to the Lac-Saint-Louis Community Birthing Centre of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre. Since 1994, midwives from the Community Birthing Centre have helped deliver more than 4,500 babies. Located on the 3rd floor of the CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis, the Community Birthing Centre offers 4 cheerful birthing rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a cosy living, all creating a very homey atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for a natural and empowering childbirth experience. The Community Birthing Centre facilitates autonomy of the women and their families within a relationship based on mutual trust and respect.
- prenatal group meetings
- complete follow up with your assigned midwife, from the beginning of pregnancy to 6 weeks after delivery
- complementary laboratory exams
- 3 locations to choose from for the birth: at home, at the centre, or in the hospital
- water birth also available.
All services are paid by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
Midwives are members of the Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec, the provincial association of midwives. They are health professionals who consider pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period as healthy and normal events.
The continuous and complete monitoring they offer mothers takes into account the physical, psychological and social significance of bringing a child into the world. To become a midwife in Quebec, a four-year midwifery university program (offered since 1999) is required. Midwives work in cooperation with medical teams for consultations as needed during the pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal periods. They work within your community and refer you to local resources as needed.
The Birthing Centre
180 Cartier Avenue
Telephone: 514-697-1199 (from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. or voice mailbox available at all times)