The Association of Ontario Midwives

The Association of Ontario Midwives

Continuity of care

When you have a midwife, you receive complete care

  • Midwives provide care from early pregnancy to six weeks after birth to you and your baby.
  • A midwife from the clinic is available on call by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • All through pregnancy, labour, birth and the first six weeks of your baby’s life, you will be cared for by a small group of midwives. This means that you are likely to know the midwife who delivers your baby.
  • Midwifery students may also be involved in your care. If your midwife has a student working with her, your midwife will ask for your permission to have the student present for your visits and your birth.
  • Having students there during your care helps train good midwives for the future. Also, students may provide help during your labour.
  • Before, during and after birth, your midwife will speak with doctors if there are complications.
  • It may become necessary for your midwife to pass your care to a doctor. The doctor will then be responsible for your care. Your midwife may continue to provide support for you even if you need a doctor.

Before birth:

  • Your midwife will spend time learning about you, your family, your hopes for the pregnancy and your medical history.
  • You will have a team of up to four midwives who are responsible for your care until you give birth. Two of these midwives will most likely be at your birth.

During labour:

  • There will be at least one midwife at your birth. There will likely be two midwives present when your baby is born.
  • Your first midwife is mainly responsible for providing care for you during and after labour. Your second midwife is mainly responsible for your baby after the birth.
  • If no midwife you know is available to go to your birth, other midwives from the clinic will provide care at your birth. This situation is uncommon.

After birth:

  • Your midwife will go to your home for the first appointments after birth. About a week after the birth, you and your baby will go to the clinic for appointments.
  • Your midwife will provide care for you and your baby until six weeks after you give birth.
  • You will need to find a doctor or a care provider who can care for your baby after you leave midwifery care. Your midwife can help you find a doctor or care provider if you do not have one.