Q: How much does it cost to have a midwife?
A: NO DIRECT COST. Midwifery services are fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for all women who are residents of Ontario. Therefore, clients do NOT pay out of their own pocket for midwifery care.
Q: Do I have to have a home birth if I choose a midwife?
A: Place of birth is your decision. We believe you will labour best in the place where you are most comfortable. Midwives are equally skilled and comfortable with both settings. Midwives are primary care providers with privileges at Bluewater Health in Sarnia.
Q: How soon in pregnancy do I need to call a midwife?
A: We advise you to call as soon as you know you are pregnant or anytime during your pregnancy should you decide to take advantage of midwifery care.
Q: Do I need to see my family doctor, or an obstetrician as well as a midwife?
A: No. Midwives are primary caregivers, and will provide all your prenatal and postpartum care. During your care if complications arise, you will be referred to an obstetrician or an appropriate specialist.
Q. Can midwives order ultrasounds and do lab work?
A: Yes. Routine lab work and ultrasounds are all ordered by your midwife.
Q. What will my care be like?
A. A typical course of care is as follows
• Clinic visits last approximately 30-45 minutes.
• Your first visit is booked around 10 weeks and visits are monthly until 28 weeks, biweekly to 36 weeks, then weekly until the birth.
• Clients planning a home birth have a prenatal home visit at 36 weeks.
• Midwives are available 24 hours a day for urgent concerns.
• After the birth, midwives visit you at home a minimum of three times during the first week. These postpartum home visits help to ensure that you and your newborn are doing well.
• Follow up visits are done in clinic until six weeks.
Q: Do I need a referral?
A: No. You simply call the office to book an appointment.
Q: Do I have the option of pain relief?
A: Midwives are skilled in providing labour support that assists women through birth without the use of drugs. However, options for pain management, including epidural, are available to midwifery clients. Midwives support women in making informed decisions regarding pain management.
Q: What if there are concerns about my baby or myself?
A: Midwives are part of the maternity care team. Should concern about you or your baby arise at anytime, your midwife will arrange consultation with the appropriate health care professional. Midwives continue to provide care in collaboration with other health care professionals.
Q: What kind of training do midwives receive?
A: The Ontario Midwifery Education Program is a four-year university degree in Midwifery. Some Ontario midwives may have been trained in other countries, provinces or jurisdictions and have proven to our college that they meet Ontario’s registration standards.