We are available to all of our patients on call 24 hours a day for urgent maternity concerns.
You may reach us by calling 250-590-4884 and leaving a brief voice mail.
This number is also available on each of our office’s answering machines, if you call after-hours. We usually respond to calls quickly, but occasionally we are tied up in a delivery. Please call us again if we have not called back within 30 minutes.
If you have an emergency concern such as heavy vaginal bleeding or severe pain, please go directly to the hospital. If you are less than 20 weeks please go to the Emergency Room at the Victoria General Hospital or to Labour and Delivery at the Victoria General Hospital if you are greater than 20 weeks. For less urgent bleeding concerns, please call the doctor on call.
We prefer that you call either your maternity doctor, or the doctor on call, with any health concerns, rather than seeking care at a walk-in Clinic or calling the Nurses Help Line.
If you are concerned about a reduction in your baby’s movements, please call the doctor on call and we can arrange to assess your baby’s health at Labour and Delivery.
If you are preterm ( less than 37 weeks), and you think that you are going into labour, please call the doctor on call. If you are at term, and think you are in early labour with a first baby, it is generally recommended that you come into hospital once the contractions are regular, about 3-4 minutes apart, and usually lasting 45 seconds or longer.
If you are known to be Group B Strep positive and your water breaks, even without contractions,you need to come to Labour and Delivery for your first dose of IV antibiotics. If your water breaks and you are Group B Strep negative, you may generally stay at home to await contractions as long as the fluid is clear or pink-tinged and as long as the baby is moving normally.
Please call the doctor on call in the morning to discuss when you should come into Labour and Delivery. If the fluid is green or bloody, you should head into Labour and Delivery directly. If you have a history of rapid labours, or if you feel that labour is progressing rapidly, please head directly to Labour and Delivery.