Midwifery care is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for all residents of Ontario, regardless of immigration status or health insurance coverage.
Midwives are committed to ensuring that populations who are uninsured have access to quality, affordable medical care.
The Association of Ontario Midwives is a member of the Health Network on Uninsured Clients housed at the Wellesley Institute. The Network is a collaboration of community members, health-care providers, community health centres, immigrant-serving organizations, and policy specialists and researchers who work on issues related to the health of populations who are not medically insured. Get more information about the network’s activities here.
As a result of advocacy efforts by the Association of Ontario Midwives, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care now provides funding for uninsured midwifery clients to access the following services:
• Anesthetic referrals (e.g., epidural, spinal, prenatal consults)
• Obstetric referrals/transfer (prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum)
• Surgical assist (in case of caesarean section)
• Referrals to "other" physicians (e.g., endocrinology, hematology, urology)
• Lab work (routine prenatal blood work, glucose testing, GBS)
• Prenatal genetic testing (IPS/FTS)
Midwifery clients who are uninsured and who give birth in hospital must pay applicable hospital facility fees. For more information about the available funding for midwifery clients without health insurance, please view this resource, or contact your midwife or the AOM.