The Association of Ontario Midwives

The Association of Ontario Midwives

The first six weeks with your baby

Midwives provide care to both mother and baby for six weeks after the birth. This is called postpartum care.

You will see the same midwives who provided care to you during pregnancy and your birth.

Whether your baby is born at home or in the hospital, your midwife will provide care in your home within 24 hours of the birth.

Clients will have about six midwifery appointments during the six weeks following the birth, including several in the first week.

Midwives monitor the health of mother and baby and provide breastfeeding support. They ensure the mother is recovering well both physically and emotionally. Midwives provide physical examinations of the baby, including checking:

  • weight
  • length
  • heart
  • lungs
  • healing of umbilical stump
  • hearing
  • overall physical development

Midwives remain available by pager 24 hours a day, every day.

After six weeks, clients are discharged from midwifery care and will see their family doctor for care.