Millwoods Maternity Care Clinic is an Edmonton area centre focusing on maternity care. We have a number of general practitioners available for maternity, newborn and post-partum health care needs. When necessary, we will refer you to a specialist.
The Millwoods Maternity Care Clinic provides comprehensive prenatal care, delivery (at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital), post-partum and newborn care for low-risk maternity patients and their infants. Our physicians endeavor to provide holistic care within the scope of low-risk, family practice obstetrics.
You may be referred to the clinic by another physician or, in some circumstances, you may be able to self-refer. You may call the clinic and ask for Cherlynn; she will be happy to provide you with further information. If you are unsure whether our program is the best fit for you, you may wish to book a discussion appointment with one of the physicians who can advise you further. Office visits will be with the same physician as often as possible, so that one physician can get to know you and your medical issues well.
Prenatal Visits – The typical initial visit is at 6-12 weeks gestational age and usually includes a comprehensive history, complete physical and counselling regarding various aspects of pregnancy. This visit may occur later in your pregnancy if your family physician or midwife is providing your early prenatal care. This appointment is usually booked as a longer appointment. Visits then take place approximately every 4 weeks until 30 weeks gestation. Visits then typically occur every 2 weeks until 36 weeks gestational age whereupon patients are seen weekly until delivery.
Postnatal Visits – These occur at 1-2 weeks and at 6-7 weeks postpartum. Child bearer and baby are usually seen at both visits. Infant growth, caregiver well-being, birth control and various other issues are addressed at these visits. The 6-7 week postpartum visit sometimes includes a pelvic examination so may be booked for a longer appointment.
Discussion Visit – These visits may be booked in order to discuss various pregnancy/postpartum concerns or complications. If you feel that you could benefit from some additional discussion time with a physician, call and let the receptionist know that you would like to book a discussion visit (short or long).
Group Prenatal Visits
Group prenatal care combines your regular physician visit with prenatal education in a supportive environment that fosters a sense of connection and community with other pregnant people. A Registered Nurse and Physician work together to discuss a variety of topics related to your pregnancy and your journey into parenthood.
Topics include, nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and relaxation, childbirth preparation, caring for your baby, infant feeding, postpartum care, relationships, and parenting.
Group prenatal care has been shown to increase prenatal knowledge amoung child bearers, increase personal preparation for labour and birth and increase satisfaction in care.
Hospital Care includes prenatal assessment as required, obstetrical referral as required, delivery and infant care. We would be happy to explain aspects of hospital care in greater detail during office visits. Please note that we cannot guarantee that a specific doctor will be able to attend your delivery. Rather, the physician who is on call at the time will attend your delivery.
Breastfeeding can be very rewarding and can improve the well-being of both children and the lactating person. If you are having difficulty breastfeeding, we can help by offering advice and hands-on learning. Partners or support persons may also benefit from attending these sessions to learn how they can provide assistance and encouragement.
This procedure is performed by Drs. Salvalaggio and Swinton at our Millwoods Maternity Care Clinic location. Circumcision is generally performed at one to two weeks of age and can be booked through the clinic. Please ask for information at one of your office visits if you are considering this procedure for your infant. Please note that circumcisions are not covered by Alberta Health Care; a fee applies to this service. This service is currently offered only to patients who have already been visiting the clinic throughout their pregnancy.
Intrauterine Device Insertion (IUDs)
We offer intrauterine device insertion for our post-partum patients. If you are not one of our existing patients, your family doctor may refer you to us for this service.