Midwives promote normal childbirth, appropriate use of technology and the prevention of health problems.
Midwives provide primary care to women with low-risk pregnancies, labours and deliveries.
Midwives provide 6 weeks of postpartum care to mothers and newborns.
Midwives offer choice of birth place - at home or in the hospital.
Midwifery is a legislated profession, governed by the college of Midwives of Ontario and integrated into Ontario's health care system.
Three Ontario universities offer a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery.
Most midwifery clients do not need to see a physician during their care. If a concern arises during your care, your midwife will work with doctors and nurses as needed.
Midwifery care is paid for by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
About Midwifery Care
Midwives provide complete prenatal care including blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic screening.
Visits are a half hour to allow time for examinations, questions, counselling and education.
Prenatal visits are monthly until 28 weeks pregnancy, every 2 weeks until 26 weeks pregnancy and then weekly until delivery.
24 hour, 7 day a week on-call is provided for urgent concerns and for women in labour.
A midwife known to you attends your labour and birth and a second midwife attends the birth to assist.
Midwives help women give birth with power and dignity.
Midwives provide continuous support during labour and the first hours postpartum.
Postpartum care continues for 6 weeks for mother and newborn.