Registered Midwives in Ontario provide primary care to low-risk women during pregnancy, labour and birth. They continue to care for both mother and baby after the birth for 6 weeks. Midwifery care is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – that means that all women who are Ontario residents can access midwifery care free of charge. Midwives are well-integrated into the Ontario health care system – similar to a family doctor, they can order all tests routinely offered to pregnant women and newborns, and prescribe common medications. The midwifery model of care focuses on prevention and early detection of problems, and midwives will recommend the use of alternative and conventional medical care and technology when relevant.
Midwives work together with you to help you make informed decisions about your care. Our appointments last 30-60 minutes so there is plenty of time for discussion. To enable you to actively participate in decision-making, we will provide you with written information, answer your questions and have discussions about your options. Our goal is to provide non-authoritarian care that is tailored to your specific needs, and to make sure you feel comfortable asking questions. We will make recommendations about your care in some situations, but you are always the primary decision-maker and we will support your decisions. In the rare event of an emergency, your midwives will keep you informed as they work quickly to manage the situation.
Continuity of Care
During your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period you will have a team of 2-3 midwives who will provide your care – this allows you the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with your care providers. One midwife will be your coordinating midwife; she is responsible for organizing your care. Your team is available to you 24/7 by pager for any urgent questions or concerns. Our practice holds regular meetings and uses clinical practice protocols to ensure you receive consistent information and seamless care.
Choice of Birthplace
All Ontario midwives are trained to attend births at home and in the hospital. Our practice attends births at Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus, and Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest or we can come to your home if you choose a home birth. We support our clients in choosing the birth place that is best for them.
For More Information:
College of Midwives of Ontario – Protects the public by regulating the profession of midwifery
Association of Ontario Midwives – Professional association representing midwives and the practice of midwifery in the province of Ontario
Midwifery in Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Allocates midwifery services to communities across the province
Canadian Association of Midwives – National organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada
National Aboriginal Council of Midwives – National organization representing aboriginal midwives in Canada
Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women – Cochrane Summaries
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