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Frequently asked Questions

Is there a cost associated with midwifery care?

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.

Do I need a doctor as well as a midwife?

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, pediatricians.

Do I need a referral to see a midwife?

No.   A referral is not necessary to request midwifery services.  Please complete the online intake form above (at any stage in your pregnancy) if you are interested in care.

Can midwives order tests in pregnancy?

Yes.  Midwives, like doctors, are primary care providers and provide all of your care including ordering ultrasounds, genetic screening, blood tests and the prescribing of medications such as antibiotics.

What if something goes wrong with my pregnancy, during labour or with my baby?

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.

Do I have to deliver my baby at home?

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.

Do I have to have a ‘drug-free’ labour?

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.

What kind of education do the midwives have?

Midwives are registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) after having completed a 4-year honours degree in Midwifery.  Most of the midwives in our practice also completed another degree prior to pursuing midwifery.  Midwives are skilled in neonatal resuscitation, CPR, and are trained to respond to obstetrical emergencies.