Midwives are health care providers who specialize in caring for healthy people during their childbearing year. Midwives provide complete prenatal, labour, birth and postnatal care to healthy parents and their babies. Read more.
Midwives are the experts in caring for healthy pregnancies, and the best choice to help you achieve a normal birth. Midwives have all the training and skill required to care for clients from the onset of their pregnancies, throughout the birth and for the first six weeks afterwards. As long as the client and her baby are well, there is no need to see a doctor as the midwife can provide all of the necessary care. If complications arise, The Hamilton Midwives have access to all the medical services that you may require including hospital services and consultations with obstetricians, paediatricians, anaesthetists and family doctors. Click to hide.
Midwifery clients receive all the same routine monitoring from from their midwife as people who are cared for by a family doctor or obstetrician. All the routine ultrasounds and blood tests are offered, you can have a home or hospital birth, including an epidural if you wish. Pregnant clients are seen by their midwife on the same schedule as they would see a doctor, and their babies receive all the same routine health testing whether they are delivered by a midwife or a doctor.
The main differences are our philosophy of care, our model of care, and our postpartum care. Read more.
Midwives see pregnancy, birth and early motherhood as a normal part of a person’s life that requires some extra support and guidance. We know that most healthy expectant people will have a normal pregnancy, birth and a healthy baby, but as health care providers, we are continually assessing our clients for signs of complications and are prepared for any emergencies that may arise. We provide care that is tailored to each individual client.
Our model of care
Our model of care is based on 3 principles that guide the way we care for our clients.
Our postpartum care is one of the aspects of our care that our clients most appreciate. We follow new parents and their babies for the first 6 weeks of life and each time the baby gets a check-up, mom gets one too. We see our clients in the comfort of their own homes 3-5 times in the first 10 days to 2 weeks. Read more.
Home visits save families the hassle of bundling the baby up and going out to the doctor when they should be home resting. Our postnatal visits focus on:
How much does midwifery care cost?
Midwifery care is free for all pregnant people who reside in Ontario. You don’t need to be a Canadian citizen and you don’t even need a health card (OHIP). Read more.
Of course we all contribute to health care costs in Ontario with our tax dollars, but there is no out of pocket cost to access the specialized care of a midwife. If you are unsure if you qualify for free midwifery care, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to let you know. We frequently work with new comers and refugees. Click to hide.
Clients without OHIP
There is no cost to you for midwifery care. Also, the government of Ontario has a special program for midwifery clients without OHIP to be able to access most ultrasounds, blood work and consultations with a physician for free. If you choose to have a midwife, the only out of pocket expense you’ll pay is for the hospital stay if you need to or chose to deliver there. Read more.
If you chose a doctor to care for you during your pregnancy and you don’t have OHIP, UHIP or Interim Federal Health coverage, you will have to pay for the doctor’s care as well as pay for your ultrasounds and blood tests. Prices for this vary. With a midwife, it is all covered. This may sound too good to be true but Registered Midwives in Ontario have been chosen to improve access to health care for people who traditionally have barriers to accessing care. Click to hide.
Notice to clients: As of May 1st, 2020, we have moved to a new office location at 25 Charlton Avenue East, Unit 600
The Hamilton Midwives
Serving clients in Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek, Waterdown, East Hamilton, Hamilton Mountain, Winona, Flamborough, Caledonia, Mount Hope, Binbrook, Brantford, Burlington, and surrounding areas in southern Ontario.