Midwives are experts in normal pregnancy, birth and newborn care. Midwives are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which allows for our services to be free for clients. Clients can give birth in hospital or at home where they will receive safe, skilled care from their midwife.
Prenatal visits include blood pressure checks, monitoring the baby’s growth, checking on the position of the baby, and listening to the baby’s heart rate. Other components of prenatal visits include routine lab tests, and referrals for both ultrasounds and genetic testing as necessary. Information regarding community programs and resources are also made available to all clients. Visits occur once a month until 28 weeks of pregnancy, every two weeks from 28-36 weeks of pregnancy, and once a week from 36 weeks of pregnancy until birth. Prenatal appointments are 30-45 minutes to allow time for answering questions and providing information regarding the stages of pregnancy. Family members and support people are always welcome to accompany you to appointments.
Labour and Birth
Midwives offer the choice of home or hospital birth. Once labour begins, our clients are joined by their midwife or the midwife on call (either Kelly or Bekkie) who manage their active labour. Midwives monitor the progress of labour, assess clients throughout labour, assess babies throughout labour, and provide ongoing emotional and physical support. If clients plan to deliver in the hospital, the group moves from home to hospital at the appropriate time in labour and midwives will continue to provide care for both mother and baby in the hospital. Once birth is imminent, a second midwife arrives so that both midwives are present for delivery.
After the birth the midwives stay with their clients for an average of three hours. The midwives make sure mother and baby are both doing well, assist with breastfeeding, and do a complete physical exam of the baby. The midwives visit mom and baby at home 3 times in the first week after birth and then regularly in the clinic until the baby is 6 weeks old.