Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU)

AMU - patient room

How the Alongside Midwifery Unit works

  • Patients select a community midwife clinic from one of our three partners: Midwifery Services of Durham, Midwifery Services of Markham Stouffville and Uxbridge Community Midwives
  • The AMU is staffed by hospitalist midwives on the unit 24/7 who will facilitate and organize consultations and work as the liaison with obstetricians and community midwives.
  • 23 midwives have privileges to deliver on the AMU, seven of whom are hospitalist midwives. 
  • The AMU has six specially equipped birthing rooms outfitted with upright birthing stools, and hanging slings allowing women to adopt upright positions. The rooms also have tubs suitable for water births and have double-sized Murphy beds for rest after giving birth.
  • 80 per cent of women will go home within six hours after giving birth and are visited at home by a midwife within 24 hours. 
  • Midwives provide complete care from early pregnancy to six weeks after labour for mother and baby.
     

AMU Virtual Tour: Building a community one birth at a time.

AMU Virtual Tour: Small Room

AMU Virtual Tour: Medium Room

AMU Virtual Tour: Large Room