It's a boy!

Birth Centre welcomes first baby

Parents Sara Heinrichs and Anthony Chilufya welcomed baby Jack into the world at 7:03 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Birth Centre.
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Birth Centre offers birthing and mothering support

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday, December 12, 2011

Winnipeg's Birth Centre celebrated the arrival of the first baby born under its roof.

Proud parents Sara Heinrichs and Anthony Chilufya welcomed Jack Stephen Chilufya, who is just over 20 inches long and weighed eight pounds, one ounce.

The Birth Centre opened in mid-October. The primary care providers are midwives registered with the College of Midwives of Manitoba and employed by the Winnipeg Health Region. There are four midwive positions permanently located at the Birth Centre. However, any midwife employed by the Winnipeg Health Region can provide clinical and birthing services to her clients at the Birth Centre.

Midwife Fleur McEvoy holds baby Jack, while his mother Sara Heinrichs smiles.

Midwife Fleur McEvoy holds baby Jack, while his mother Sara Heinrichs smiles.

The Birth Centre offers women and their families a range of primary maternity services. These include:

  • prenatal, pregnancy and postpartum care
  • counselling services
  • health education programs on parenting and newborn care

The Birth Centre offers women a comfortable, home-like setting to give birth. Each of the four spacious birth rooms has a large shower and tub, a double bed and comfortable chairs for those who support the woman through the birth. The Birth Centre also has a lounge with a kitchen where a woman’s family and support people can wait and rest.

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