Lindsay MacDougall is pictured inside the Well Newborn and Parent Clinic, located at Kingston General Hospital. She has short, medium brown, wavy hair and blue eyes. She's wearing a bright pink, button down blouse.
Lindsay MacDougall is the lead midwife at the Well Newborn and Parent Clinic. A partnership between the Community Midwives of Kingston and KHSC, the clinic cared for 895 babies in 2022.
Matthew Manor/KHSC

To say Lindsay MacDougall adores being a midwife would be the understatement of the year.

Even after 17 years in the field, her passion for the profession is still going strong. 

“I’m so proud of the work midwives do in our community and at KHSC. I actually can’t stop smiling when I think about it,” beams MacDougall.

Her enthusiasm is just one of the many reasons why we’re so pumped to have her part of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) team.

In fact, MacDougall is part of a special partnership we have with the Community Midwives of Kingston.

In January 2022, we teamed up to open the Well Newborn and Parent Clinic at KHSC, where MacDougall is the lead midwife.

“We see new babies and parents that don't already have midwifery care or a family doctor, and need time-sensitive follow-up services after leaving the hospital. Services such as newborn blood work, weight and blood pressure checks, breastfeeding support, and overall wellness check-ups.”

MacDougall and the team of midwives are not only making a difference in the lives of the families they care for, but also KHSC teams.

“Last year alone, the clinic saw 895 babies. Families have been giving such positive feedback because they can now go home earlier knowing they have follow-up appointments with our clinic one to two days later."

“I love that I can help both the parent and baby at the same appointment, and they don’t need to see multiple people about any concerns they may have. If any complications arise, I can consult the fantastic KHSC obstetrics and pediatric teams.

“This clinic is just one example of how midwives can safely keep families out of emergency departments and allow for earlier hospital discharges, while supporting our doctor and nursing colleagues by taking some of the pressures off of them, especially with the baby boom in Kingston.”

There’s that passion we were mentioning earlier, but it doesn’t stop there.

“My motivation is to have a parent leave the clinic feeling more confident than when they walked in with how to care for and feed their baby, and care for themselves.”

May 5 is International Day of the Midwife and the theme this year is From Evidence to Reality.

It’s quite fitting when you think about the work MacDougall and all midwives are doing in the community, to ensure families have access to high quality and timely care.