We provide all of the prenatal, labour, birth and postpartum care that a healthy pregnant person needs.
We support the choice of planned home birth as an option for healthy expectant parents. There is a lot of research that supports the safety of home birth. Individuals who birth at home benefit from increased convenience, privacy and feelings of being in control.
Midwives provide complete prenatal, labour, birth and postnatal care to healthy individuals and their babies. Midwifery care is free for all residents of Ontario. You don't need to be a Canadian citizen and you don't even need a health card (OHIP).
The Hamilton Midwives deliver babies at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We provide complete care for our clients who choose to have a hospital birth, with access to the care and expertise of the wider medical team if complications arise..
The Hamilton Midwives serve Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek, Waterdown, East Hamilton, Hamilton Mountain, Winona, Flamborough, Caledonia, Mount Hope and surrounding areas. Request a midwife today.
Midwives qualify for registration by graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Program, a four year university degree program. Foreign-trained midwives complete the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University. Meet our midwives.
Can I have a midwife and a doctor?
Not routinely. Because midwives provide all the care that a person needs throughout her labour, birth and postpartum, potential clients need to choose whether they would like to see a midwife or a doctor. If your care becomes more complicated and you need to see a doctor, the midwife will arrange it for you.
Can I have a hospital birth?
Yes! One of the most important decisions that parents must make is the location of birth. If your pregnancy is low risk, you may choose to have your baby either at home or in the hospital, and we will provide full midwifery care in either setting. If your health status, or the health of your baby, requires you to deliver in the hospital, we will discuss it with you.
Can I have an epidural?
Yes! If you need or want an epidural, we all have the training and experience required for you to have an epidural for pain relief in labour. Many of our clients choose this option. You can only have an epidural in the hospital and only once you are in good, strong, active labour.