The Mom Care Program is a custom made solution designed to deal with the difficulties patients have finding physicians who will do obstetrical care, and the need for physicians to share the heavy burden of being on call 24 hours a day for obstetrics. The Mom Care Program runs in St. Paul, Saddle Lake and Lac La Biche.
Most physicians in St. Paul and Lac La Biche provide services to the Mom Care program. The Saddle Lake Mom Care is attended by physicians from St. Paul. These physicians work with the patient's family physician to provide pregnancy and prenatal care. They also work with specialists should any complications arise during the pregnancy. All referrals for routine blood work and ultrasounds are made at the appropriate time by the Mom Care physician. And when it's time to deliver, the patient will likely have met the attending physician during routine visits to Mom Care. Patients and their new borns may see the Mom Care physician for the six week check up, or return to their family physician for this and subsequent appointments. Either way, after the six week check up the family physician provides continuing care.
Appointments at Mom Care are typically scheduled at approximately 12 weeks gestation after the pregnancy is confirmed by the family physician. Initially appointments are every month, increasing to weekly appointments as the pregnancy advances. Delivery is done at the local health care centre, unless complications necessitate referral to a specialist.
An Obstetrician/Gynaecologist is available in St. Paul to perform C Sections and care for any high risk pregnancies