Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a cost associated with midwifery care?

No. In 1994, midwifery became an integrated part of the Ontario healthcare system and is provided free of charge through your tax dollars.

Do I need an obstetrician as well as a midwife?

No. A midwife provides all the care necessary for a healthy woman and her baby throughout pregnancy, birth and for six weeks afterward. However, if complications were to arise, midwives consult with the appropriate healthcare professional including family doctors, obstetricians, and pediatricians.

 

 

 

Do I need a referral to see a midwife?

No. A referral is not necessary to apply for midwifery services. You can contact the practice at any point in your pregnancy but do try to contact us as early in your pregnancy as possible as there are limited spots available for midwifery services. Please complete the intake form if you are interested in receiving care.

 

 

What if something goes wrong with my pregnancy, during labour or with my baby?

Pregnancy, labour and birth are usually normal events in a woman’s life and midwives are trained to care for such women and their babies. In the event of a complication, midwives work with, consult or transfer care to the appropriate specialist. In addition, midwives are trained to deal with obstetrical and neonatal emergencies.

 

 

Do I have to deliver my baby at home?

No. Midwives offer a choice of birthplace. You can deliver your baby at home (if your pregnancy remains normal) and you can deliver your baby at our local hospital (West Lincoln Memorial). Please see the section on ‘choice of birthplace’ for more information on this topic.

 

What kind of training to the midwives have?

Midwives are registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) after having completed a 4-year honours degree in Midwifery. Midwives are skilled in neonatal resuscitation, CPR, and are trained to respond to obstetrical emergencies. Midwives can admit women and their babies to the hospital in which they hold privileges and can write various orders per CMO guidelines.