Why Give Birth at a Birth Centre?

Birth centres offer a home-like setting

Ontario’s birth centres offer a comfortable, culturally respectful and safe place to give birth with a midwife.

Birth centres include the following features:

  • large, private, comfortable birthing rooms
  • special amenities (like large birth tubs and suspended birth slings) to provide support, comfort and help with labour progress,
  • comfortable community spaces for your visitors when they are not with you

Birth centres strive to meet the needs of diverse communities

Ontario's birth centres aim to provide family-centred, culturally safe spaces for everyone who uses them.  They specifically aim to be inclusive of communities that have historically faced marginalization (e.g. Canada’s Indigenous peoples, 2SLGBTQI+ people, newcomers to Canada, and members of linguistic, cultural and/or racialized minority communities).

At Ontario birth centres, you are supported to incorporate your own wishes, culture, background and traditions into the birthing experience.

Birth centres have high levels of client satisfaction

As part of their 2016 evaluation of Ottawa and Toronto’s birth centres, BORN (Better Outcomes Registry and Network) Ontario conducted a client experience survey.  84% of survey respondents said they would plan to give birth in a birth centre again.

Some of the things survey respondents enjoyed the most were the calm atmosphere, special amenities and non-medicalized environment of birth centres.    

If you:

  •  live in a community where there is a birth centre
  •  have a midwife that works at a birth centre
  • are experiencing a healthy, low risk pregnancy
  • prefer to stay out of hospital, but aren’t sure about a home birth
  • are hoping to have a low-/no-intervention birth

having your baby in a birth centre may be for you!


Find out from three midwifery clients why they chose to have their baby in a birth centre: