New collaborative program at London, Ont., hospital helps ease tensions of high-risk pregnancies – CBC

TIME has served 60 patients, newborns in London since October launch, similar programs elsewhere in Canada

Feb 01, 2023

When 41-year-old Allison Zietsma of London, Ont., learned she was pregnant with her son Sawyer just a few months after giving birth to her daughter, she was riddled with anxiety because of how difficult her experience was the first time around.

Both of Zietsma’s pregnancies classified as high risk due to medical challenges, including high blood pressure and a risk of hemorrhaging, as she experienced during her first delivery.

“Our biggest concern was pregnancy loss,” Zietsma told CBC News. “Having two pregnancies close together can also increase risks for both the baby and myself, so I was concerned for my own safety and health as well.”

That fear was put to ease when she was referred to the Interprofessional Midwifery/Maternal-Fetal Medicine Expanded (TIME) program at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

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