Meet our Midwives
What is a Midwife?
Sees pregnancy and childbirth as a normal physiological process
Respects and supports clients so that they may give birth safely, with power and dignity
Is a trained professional who provides complete and comprehensive care to clients through all stages of pregnancy and birth and continues to care for both the pregnant person and baby for six weeks postpartum.
The International Definition of a Midwife:
...[someone who] has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery. They must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to people during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on their own responsibility and to care for the newborn infant. This care includes preventative measures, the detection of abnormal conditions in the childbearing person and child, the procurement of medical assistance and the execution of emergency measures in the absence of medical help. Midwives have an important task in health counseling and education, not only for the patients, but also within the family and community. The work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood, and extends to certain areas of gynecology, family planning and child care. Midwives may practice in hospital, clinics, health units, domiciliary conditions, or in any other service.
The Midwifery Act is part of the Regulated Health Professions Act of Ontario which was proclaimed on January 1, 1994. Since proclamation of the Act, midwives are required to be registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario. Midwifery care is now publicly funded through the Ministry of Health.
"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.