The Midwifery Collective of Ottawa officially came into being following the Midwifery legislation in 1994 and is one the original practices in Ottawa. Midwives are primary health care providers, registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario. Our 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 and at The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre.
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.
The Ontario model of midwifery is based on the following three principles:
· Choice of birthplace
· Continuity of care
· Informed choice.
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 the childbearing person. The interactive process of informed choice involves the promotion of shared responsibility between the midwife, the client and their family as defined by the client. Midwives encourage all 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 they are well informed of the benefits and risks of possible courses of care. You may choose to give birth at home, at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre or in the hospital. Midwives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our clients are active decision makers in the care they receive.
Vision, Misson and Values
The Midwifery Collective of Ottawa is the practice where clients want to receive care, midwives want to work, and students want to learn.
The Midwifery collective of Ottawa provides midwifery services to pregnant people and their babies through pregnancy and the newborn period (6 weeks). We view pregnancy as a state of health and respect the normal process of pregnancy, labour and birth. We recognize our clients as the primary decision makers regarding their care and we work as partners with them by providing information and support, ultimately enhancing all aspects of their well-being and that of their family.
We believe that normal childbirth is the fundamental philosophy and practice of midwifery. We support and empower our clients to choose and pursue normal childbirth.
We are feminist and support choice.
We support and value diversity in our clients, staff and midwives.
We value a respectful and supportive environment for our clients, staff and midwives.
We believe that client care and midwife work-life balance is enhanced with a team approach.
We value the growth of midwifery and recognize the benefit students bring to client care.
We believe that a positive outcome encompasses the physiological, emotional and spiritual well-being of the client and their family.
We value and encourage humour, recognizing the joy inherent in our work.