Midwifery in Ontario, as regulated by the College of Midwives of Ontario, is based on three primary principles:
Choice of Birthplace
Midwives support the right of women with normal pregnancies to choose to give birth at home or hospital. All midwives are required to maintain the skills necessary to attend women in both settings.
Midwives promote decision making as a shared responsibility and encourage you to actively participate in all aspects of your care. We focus on preventing complications, and on the appropriate use of technology. We spend a considerable amount of time explaining the various tests and options available to women, and support the choices that women make once they have been fully informed.
Continuity of Care
Midwives make the time commitment necessary to develop a relationship of trust with you during pregnancy, providing safe, individualized care during labour, birth and the postpartum period. The midwives are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provide all available services for low risk obstetrics and newborn care. They also provide supportive care if a client’s condition becomes high risk.
Midwives are required to have up-to-date skills in neonatal resuscitation, CPR, and to attend emergency skills workshops.
As a teaching practice, we have students of varying skill levels working with us on a regular basis. We are very devoted to midwifery education. Students working with midwives help to preserve some aspects of the traditional apprenticeship learning model. You will benefit from the combination of experience enhanced by the freshness, energy and enthusiasm of students. We would like to encourage you to participate in the vital process of preparing more midwives to serve more of Ontario’s women. We also fully respect your right to decline student involvement in any aspect of your care either before or after meeting the student. Students are closely supervised according to their level of progress.