About Our Midwifery Care
As always, our main priority at MCO remains the safety, health, and wellness of our clients, staff, and midwives. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic there are changes made at our clinic and hospital to keep the risk of transmission low. You will be screened over the phone prior to clinic appointments and home visits. At this time, no support people or children can accompany clients to clinic appointments.
If you or someone in your household:
Is experiencing flu-like symptoms (a fever of more than 38C, cough, shakes or chills, difficulty breathing, or a runny nose),
Has recently travelled outside of Canada,
Has been in physical contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting results,
please DO NOT come to the clinic. Contact your midwife using our pager system to make an alternate plan for care.
If you have questions about testing for COVID-19, contact Public Health or Telehealth.
Please be reassured that as your midwives we are prepared for this pandemic, are keeping up to date with local, national, and international health guidelines, and will continue to provide excellent, personalized midwifery care.
The Midwifery Collective of Ottawa officially came into being following the Midwifery legislation in 1994. Midwives are primary health care providers, registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario. The practice offers midwifery care for your pregnancy, labour, birth and the six week postpartum period. Care is completely funded by the Ministry of Health for residents of Ontario. The practice's catchment area encompasses the greater Ottawa area. We have privileges at The Civic Hospital.
All midwifery practices in Ontario are teaching practices and as such you may have a midwifery student as part of your care team. The midwives in our practice catch close to 400 babies each year. The practice began with and continues to have midwives from various backgrounds. Some are graduates from the Ontario Midwifery Education Program based at Ryerson, McMaster and Laurentian Universities. Others are trained internationally and certified through the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program.
We recognize that choosing a care provider in this special time of life is of utmost importance. We welcome you to browse our site and contact us if you have any questions.
When my baby was 14 days late we went in for an induction. My midwife was with me the whole time, consulted with an obstetrician when needed but also stood up for me when required.
My midwife was great. She always took the time to explain to me, in detail, the different stages of my pregnancy and what was going on with me, my baby and what to expect in the coming months.
- Julia Driedger
- Megan Wylie
The Ontario model of midwifery is based on the following three principles:
Midwives are the experts in normal birth. That means we take care of healthy people experiencing healthy pregnancies. When a pregnancy moves outside of normal, we consult with a physician...
The childbearing person is recognized as the primary decision maker. Midwives encourage and give assistance to women wishing to seek out resources to assist them in the decision making process. Midwives practice in partnership with pregnant people...
Midwives offer home birth to all clients who are low risk and choose and one. What is low risk? Generally, with one baby presenting head first. Research into the safety of home birth has shown that the outcomes are similar to hospital birth for baby yet the number of ...
Midwives Practice in Partnership with Pregnant People
The childbearing person is recognized as the primary decision maker. Midwives encourage and give assistance to clients wishing to seek out resources to assist them in the decision making process. Midwives practice in partnership with pregnant people. The interactive process of informed choice involves the promotion of shared responsibility between the midwife, the client, and the client's family as defined by the pregnant person. Midwives encourage clients to actively participate in their care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum and make choices about the manner in which care is provided while ensuring that clients are well informed of the benefits and risks of possible courses of care. Our clients may choose to give birth at home, the hospital, or the Ottawa Birth & Wellness Centre. Midwives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please read our Informed Choice Agreement for how we work.