Women are often unaware that this accompaniment is offered to them when they give birth. These natural and safe deliveries are offered in birthing centers. Founded in 1994 as a pilot project, the birthplace of Lac-Saint-Louis, is one of the four pioneers in Quebec. Twenty-five years later, it is still established in Pointe-Claire and is proud to celebrate this important milestone of constant presence in the community this year.
The birthplace of Lac-Saint-Louis offers a harmonious environment with a relaxation area, a kitchen area and four single rooms. Everything is done to ensure that the clientele expects the arrival of baby in a friendly, peaceful and enveloping environment. An attentive and experienced team of eleven midwives and five birth attendants offers an experience that meets the expectation of serenity of future parents.
In addition to being a place conducive to meetings and exchanges, the Lac-Saint-Louis Birthplace also offers many services and activities, which gives it a real community feel. Many parents continue their experience by becoming volunteers. This is the case of the co-founder and co-owner of Y Kombucha, Alexandra Roy, who decided to support future families after having received services throughout her three pregnancies.
Why did you choose to give birth at the Lac-Saint-Louis Birth House?
I knew that I wanted to give birth with a midwife in a birth house. I wanted to live my pregnancies at my own pace. I had been in touch with several places during my first pregnancy and luckily, it was the birthplace of Lac-Saint-Louis who called me first!
My first boy was finally born by caesarean at the hospital. It was not what I wanted, but everything went well and my midwife stayed with me for the full duration of the process. I finally gave birth happily to my two other children at the Lac-Saint-Louis Birth House. With the confidence and love of midwives, I managed a vaginal delivery after Caesarean section (VBAC). What an immense pride and a powerful sense of accomplishment!
What characterizes the Birth House of Lac-Saint-Louis?
When you get there, you feel calm and serene, nothing is rushed. The staff takes the time to welcome us, to reassure us, to answer all our questions and to discuss all the topics that may concern a man, a woman, a future dad and a pregnant woman! I always feel like I’m home!
Which room did you choose?
As I did not want to give birth in the water, the one with the bath was eliminated. After my Caesarean, I needed sweetness and peace for my second delivery. The green room came naturally. My third pregnancy was simply superb and energizing. As I knew that I was waiting for a girl, the red room was perfect!
Was it the same midwife who accompanied you during your three deliveries?
I had different midwives for each delivery. Each of them, in their own way, has contributed to my well-being and that of my children. That said, they all have one thing in common, deep respect for the woman's body and the sacred meaning of giving birth.
Why volunteer at the Lac-Saint-Louis Birth House?
Midwives have incredible dedication. They give without counting. It was important for me to give back knowing that there are many needs to fill at the Birth House.
What message do you want to convey to future mothers who are wondering about giving birth in a birthing center?
I just tell them it would be one of the best decisions of their lives!
The Lac-Saint-Louis Birth House originally opened as a pilot project in 1994. To date, more than 5,000 babies have been born there thanks to midwives. The House has allowed women to give birth in an intimate and warm environment.
The midwifery team offers comprehensive support to pregnant women and their families:
- Pregnancy tracking
- Additional tests
- Group prenatal meetings
- Postnatal follow-up of mother and child up to 6 weeks
If you choose to be accompanied by a midwife from the Birth House, you may decide to give birth at your home, birthing center or hospital.
All services are covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
To reach us
CLSC of Lac-Saint-Louis, 3rd floor