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midwifery council

midwifery council

What To Expect

Midwives are experts in low-risk pregnancy and provide care to healthy pregnant people and their newborns. Midwives actively promote physiological childbirth by placing a strong focus on prevention, birth preparation, reduction of unnecessary interventions and a commitment to one-on-one labour support.

Midwives in Ontario follow three main tenets of care set out by the College of Midwives of Ontario:

Informed Choice

Continuity of Care

Choice of Birth Place

Informed Choice

Informed Choice recognizes the birthing person as the primary decision maker.  Midwives facilitate non-judgemental, evidence-based discussions and assist clients to make decisions that best support their own health and wellness.

Continuity Of Care

Continuity of Care is achieved when a relationship develops over time between a client and a small group of no more than four midwives.  Care is provided by the same small group of midwives during all trimesters, and throughout labour, birth, and the first six weeks postpartum.  Midwives are also available to their clients by pager, 24 hours a day, for urgent concerns and labour.

Choice Of Birthplace

Choice of Birth Place is offered to all low risk midwifery clients.  Midwives are the only care providers who have the skills, the experience and the equipment to attend home births.  About 20% of clients in midwifery care plan to birth their babies at home.  For more than 20 years, midwives have attended over 49,000 home births in the province and currently attend about 4,000 home births a year.  In London, midwifery clients may choose to birth at home or at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

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