Frequently asked questions
What is the Definition of a Midwife in Ontario?
How can I access Midwifery Care?
Do I need a Referral?
You do not need a referral to see a midwife - fill out our online intake form today!
Do I have to pay for a Midwife?
Midwifery services are completely funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, so women do not pay for care out-of-pocket if they have OHIP. Women who are not currently covered by OHIP can still receive midwifery care. Cost can be associated to those that do not hold an OHIP card. To find out more, please give our office a call
I like the idea of a midwife, but I want to have my baby in a hospital. Can I do that?
Can I have a Midwife and a Doctor?
You can choose to have a midwife or a doctor, not both. As midwives are experts in low-risk pregnancy and birth, midwifery clients will not see a physician unless there are concerns or complications. If complications arise, midwives can consult with physicians or, if necessary, transfer a client’s care to a physician.
Can Midwives run the same kinds of test as doctors?
Yes. Midwives can arrange all routine prenatal testing including ultrasound and genetic screening, as well as standard laboratory and diagnostic tests. Midwives discuss the results with clients and provide information and follow-up.
What happens if I develop complications during my pregnancy? How does the midwife deal with them?
Midwives are guided by the College of Midwives of Ontario document called "Consultations and Transfer of Care Standard", with respect to a woman's medical history or problems that may arise during pregnancy. If a problem does arises during pregnancy, your care may be handled collaboratively with a specialist (usually an obstetrician), or completely transferred to obstetrical care. If your care is transferred, your midwife will provide supportive care for you during the labour and birth, and resume caring for you and your baby after the birth, provided all is well. Similarly, if your baby develops any problems after birth, specialist care would be consulted as needed.
Is a Midwife the same as a Doula?
A midwife is not a doula! A birth doula is a trained labour support person who provides emotional and physical support to those giving birth and their families. While not medical professionals, doulas can offer a wide range of comfort measures. You would find and pay your doula yourself, as doula services are not covered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. If you are considering having a doula at your birth, talk about it with your midwife.
What pain relief options are available?
Will my care be transferred if I need oxytocin for induction or augmentation?
Your care will not be transferred should you need Oxytocin Induction or Augmentation for labour.
If I have a hospital birth, how long do I need to stay after I deliver?
What kind of training do midwives receive?
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Sarah G, Markham
Your office is so amazing and I can't wait to come back when we decide to have baby #2! I felt so much love and compassion from everyone in the office and I couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Marina V, Uxbridge
Incredible experience having midwives come to our home. Thrilled with the support after the birth. I only wish we had used midwives with our first child.
Cindy X, Markham
Postpartum care and visits were amazing! One of my favourite parts about seeing a midwife. The one-on-one care is so special and made me feel like we were very important!