Tamara Cowan is registered and licensed with College of Midwives of British Columbia.

Hours of Operation: Treatments are by appointment. Please call 250-734-2891 to arrange a time and date.

Gabriola Health Centre - Tamara Cowan's Midwife Treatment Room Midwife

Midwives have extensive training to provide excellent care for you and your baby during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. They work in clinics, hospitals and homes, and collaborate closely with other health professional.

Midwives in British Columbia offer primary care to healthy pregnant women and their normal newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, and up to three months postpartum. Midwifery care from early pregnancy through six weeks postpartum is fully covered by BC's Medical Services Plan.

Midwives support women in making informed choices about their pregnancy

BC midwives offer continuity of treatment, meaning that each woman has a known care provider in attendance at her birth, and a choice of birth place, where a low risk woman can choose to give birth either in hospital or at home.

Midwives are experts in healthy pregnancy and birth

Midwives listen, observe, educate, and guide. They order and interpret tests and discuss results with the mother and other health care providers, as needed. They screen for physical, psychological, emotional and social health. Midwives are with women during pregnancy, labour and birth, both normal and complicated. They catch babies as they are born. They do home visits postpartum. They help with breastfeeding and adjusting to life with a new baby. They work together and with other health professionals to ensure a positive experience for their patients.

Midwife visits in the first part of pregnancy are scheduled every three to six weeks and last between 30-60 minutes. In the third trimester visits are scheduled more frequently and are often every week during the last month of pregnancy. Longer visits allow for physical, emotional and social health assessments and provide time for informed decision making. Postpartum visits usually take place wherever the new family is located. This may be in the hospital initially after a hospital birth, and then in the home of the new family once they have returned, or simply at home after a home birth. Between visits, midwives provide 24/7 call coverage for urgent care or concerns.