In Ontario, Midwives are primary health care providers who care for low-risk women throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. Use these midwifery FAQs to learn more about midwives and your birth choices.
Many people think that low-risk means “no risk” or “no complications” and this is not the case. Close to 90% of women are low-risk. Call us to find out more. Midwives also provide care to both mother and baby during the six weeks following birth. They are available to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week by pager. Clients receive care from a small number of midwives. You will know the midwife who attends your labour and birth. In Ontario, if you see a midwife you will not see a physician unless there are concerns or complications outside of the scope of midwifery practice. Most births are normal and there are no complications that require a physician. If there are complications, midwives will consult or transfer care to a physician if needed. Midwives provide safe and expert care to healthy women and newborns.