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Old 04-12-2006, 07:06 AM   #1
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Midwives and notes to excuse

I am 34 weeks (almost) and planned to work until 39 but know that this just might not be possible. (I was ordered off my feet by my ob/gyn with ds at 36 weeks).
I am using a midwife this time and when I spoke to her about getting a letter from her to excuse me from work should the need arise she was unsure if she would be able to. She said that in Canada a midwife sees you for all normal pregnancy concerns/care but if I was unable to work this would be abnormal and technically I would have to be discharged from her and put in a doctor's care. She said she will write me a vague letter if need be and see if it is satisfactory to my employer.
So what I am wondering is if anyone has had success using a midwives letter to their employer and also if you know if a midwife can 'technically' order you off your feet for medical concerns without having to discharge you into a doctors care.

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Old 04-12-2006, 08:27 AM   #2
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Re: Midwives and notes to excuse

Check with the Gov't of Canada website - this might be an EI issue. It's not so much what the employer needs, as it is what the gov't needs to pay you. You'd be on either short term disability or pregnancy related medical leave wouldn't you? With EI you normally only get a total of 50 weeks plus the 2 week wait = 52 weeks. But there is a way to get a combined medical, pregnancy, and parental leave of 65 weeks. I really can't see why you aren't able to see more than one specialist for you pregnancy. It's my opinion, so really doesn't help you much... But I think you should be able to be under the care of a midwife AND still be able to visit your family Dr. So I'm thinking you could get the no work order through your family Dr. (or even a Medi-Centre walk-in clinic) and still have your prenatal care with your midwife. Anyhow - point is check with EI and see if you have some options there.

Old 04-12-2006, 09:36 AM   #3
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Re: Midwives and notes to excuse

Actually I don't need anything money wise from the government as I have a lot of sick time to use up from my employer (and am entitled to use it if I wish, can even apply to get the remainder of it after baby is born but then have to claim it on EI).
I was hoping to avoid a doctor's doc makes you wait atleast 1.5 hours to see her...very annoying. In our rural area there aren't walk in clinics either. I don't want to ask my employer for fear they feel tipped off that I am planning on being off and get upset...I am just being precautionary and realistic...I work in a 3 floor's hard enough to do stairs now!!!
Thanks for the info though regarding the combined week never know if you might need to use it.

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