FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We regularly get a lot of questions about midwifery care! It can be a daunting task to choose a care provider for your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Here are our top 5 frequently asked questions. Please feel free to call our office to find answers to any of your other questions regarding midwifery care.
What is a midwife?
Midwives are trained health care providers who care for families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and 6 weeks postpartum. Midwives help empower families by offering informed choice decision making throughout their care, as well as recognizing that pregnancy and birth are a life changing event for any family.
We are able to provide the same care as you would receive with other health care providers including ordering lab tests and blood work, providing ultrasounds if indicated, and offering screening for you and your baby.
Is there a cost for midwifery care?
No, there is no cost to midwifery care. If you are a resident of Ontario and have a valid OHIP card, your entire care will be covered by the ministry of health. If you do not have an OHIP card, your midwifery care is free, however you may receive a bill for any lab work, ultrasounds, or hospital care you might choose to receive.
Where do midwives work?
Our midwives are a multi-functional bunch! Due to our widespread geographic location, we currently provide care out of two clinic sites (Milverton, and Palmerston), four hospitals (Listowel, Mount Forest, Palmerston, and Stratford. We also provide emergency, or VBA2C services available in Fergus.)
Prenatally, when you see your midwife you will see them out of their "home clinic" in either Milverton or Palmerston, or for home visits when indicated. During labour and birth you can receive care at the location of your choice, and postpartum your visits will take place in the comfort of your home and we will wrap up your care back in clinic.
What kind of training do midwives have?
Midwives in Ontario are trained in one of three routes:
- The Midwifery Education Programme (MEP) which is a four year bachelor of science in midwifery
- Internationally trained midwives may register through the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP) which provides a bridge between their original country of practice, and Canadian midwifery.
- Transferring from another Canadian province with legislated midwifery.
Midwives who are registered via any of these pathways have received education on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum and must have attended many women prior to registration as a midwife. We are required to renew our skills yearly in neonatal resuscitation, emergency skills, CPR, and via participation in community learning events at our hospitals, clinics, and through peer review.
Do I need to see a doctor and a midwife?
In Ontario midwives, family practice physicians, and obstetricians are all primary health care providers. This means that you will see one of the above during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Unless a complication arises, a midwife may provide complete perinatal care to a family. If a pregnancy becomes complicated, a midwife may provide shared care, or supportive care with a physician.