No. In 1994, midwifery became an integrated part of the Ontario healthcare system and is funded through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
No. A midwife provides all the care necessary for a healthy woman and her baby throughout pregnancy, birth and for six weeks afterward. If complications arise, midwives consult with the appropriate healthcare professional including family doctors, obstetricians, and pediatricians.
No. A referral is not necessary to request midwifery services. Please complete the online intake form located on our home page (at any stage in your pregnancy) if you are interested in care.
Yes. Midwives, like doctors, are primary care providers and provide all routine care including ordering ultrasounds, genetic screening, blood tests and the prescribing of medications such as antibiotics.
Pregnancy, labour and birth are usually normal events in the life of a low-risk, healthy woman. Midwives are experts and trained to care for such women and their babies. They are also trained in how to deal with emergency situations. In the event of a complication or emergency, midwives work with, consult or transfer care to an appropriate specialist as needed.
No. Midwives offer a choice of birthplace. You can deliver your baby at home (if your pregnancy remains normal) or at the Niagara Health System - St. Catharines Site hospital on Fourth Avenue.
No. Although many women choose this option, there are pain relief options available such as narcotics or an epidural – both of which are available only in hospital.