What is a Midwife?

palpateMidwives provide primary care for their clients throughout normal pregnancy, labour and birth, and for both mom and baby 6 weeks following the birth. Midwives qualify for registration either by graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme (a four-year university degree program) or the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program. Midwives, obstetricians and family physicians are all considered primary caregivers. Having two caregivers is viewed as a duplication of health care services.

Midwifery care is completely funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care for residents of Ontario, with or without OHIP. No referral is needed. To request a midwife you can do so by clicking here.

For more information about midwifery in Ontario:

College of Midwives of Ontario

Association of Ontario Midwives

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