The MATCH (Midwifery and Toronto Community Health) Program offers a wide variety of services related to pregnancy, labour, and birth, as well as postpartum care for infants and adults, well-gynecological care and pregnancy options counselling. Our team is made up of four midwives and a social worker. We also work closely with family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physiotherapists and harm reduction workers at the CHC. For LGBTQ+ families planning to welcome a baby born via surrogacy in a community outside Toronto, our team can provide infant postpartum care. If you have a valid prescription for transition-related testosterone injections, you can see the midwives for your regular injections or for self-injection teaching. If you need a primary care provider for non-pregnancy related healthcare after or during your pregnancy, our team can connect you to a family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Our care is free if you live in Ontario even if you don’t have OHIP.
Our social worker can support you (in either English or Spanish) with case management, housing support, crisis intervention, one-on-one counselling, resource navigation and assistance acquiring necessary supplies related to pregnancy and parenting. Our team can also often provide phones and/or sim cards if you don’t have a working phone. We have midwives on our team who speak Cantonese, French, Gujurati, and Kachchhi and we can arrange a translator for any other language needs to accompany you during appointments.
If you are planning to give birth, the midwives can attend your labour and birth at Michael Garron Hospital, the Toronto Birth Centre, or at home. The midwives provide 24 hour on-call services to MATCH clients during pregnancy and for the first 6 weeks postpartum. After your baby is born, we will visit you where you are staying to provide clinical care for you and your baby. Visits after the first week postpartum usually happen in our clinic.
Clients of the MATCH Program can also access a variety of other services and supports available at South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
Services our team provides:
- Complete prenatal care including routine screening and testing, blood work and ultrasounds
- Referrals to specialists as needed (obstetrics, paediatrics, medicine, endocrinology, etc)
- Labour and birth care (at Michael Garron Hospital, the Toronto Birth Centre or at home)
- Postpartum care for adults and infants
- Routine vaccinations during pregnancy and postpartum as needed
- Routine newborn testing & medications
- Referrals to community services and supports
- Postpartum infant care for LGBTQ+ families with a surrogate pregnancy outside Toronto
- Injections and self-injection teaching for trans/nonbinary clients with a valid Testosterone Rx
- Case management, crisis intervention, resource navigation and housing support during pregnancy and postpartum
- In some cases, we can offer support with early pregnancy loss management (miscarriage)
- Pregnancy options counselling
- Access to medication abortion with 24h on-call support
- Referrals for surgical abortion and support navigating the system
- One-on-one post-abortion counselling
- One-on-one counselling during pregnancy and postpartum
*The MATCH Program is offering all services during the COVID Pandemic. Some visits may be via secure video conference or phone to reduce risk of exposure for you and for our team. All clients entering the health centre will undergo screening related to COVID-19 until further notice. Community based visits are still provided as needed with appropriate precautions.
If you are a client looking for care, please call (416) 461-2493 for more information and to book an appointment. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org looking for care, please include a phone number where we can reach you. If you do not have a working phone, please let us know in your email.
The Provider Referral to MATCH Program form is for care providers only to refer clients to South Riverdale CHC MATCH Program. Please download, fill out the form and follow instructions for processing. We accept referrals from clinical and non-clinical (community based) providers at any stage of pregnancy.
Statement on anti-racism and anti-bias in our work:
In 2018 when the MATCH program was funded, we adopted policy that addresses racial bias and heteronormativity in care. The policy is grounded in the work of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in these areas. We recommend reading the Commission’s thorough work on these topics for a better understanding of the histories of discrimination in Ontario.
Our anti-bias policy informs all the work, both clinical and non-clinical that our team undertakes.
To read excerpts of our policy, edited for clarity, please click here. For more information on our program’s complete policy and procedures related to implicit bias in care please feel free to email our team at email@example.com
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