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Midwifery Care in Ontario

 

The AOM (Association of Ontario Midwives) website is an excellent resource for pregnant people, their partners, and other family members who wish to learn more about midwives and midwifery care in Ontario. Click on the Learn More button below to visit the AOM website.

Informed Choice, Continuity of Care, and Choice of Birthplace are the three core principles that form the philosophical foundation of Ontario midwifery practice

Informed Choice

Informed choice sits at the core of Ontario midwifery and of the work we do at KCM.

We recognize our clients as autonomous adults who are capable of and responsible for making decisions about their care. It is our responsibility to make sure that clients have clear, up-to-date, evidence-based information including risks, benefits and alternatives, community standards, and recommendations, so that they are armed with the knowledge necessary to make the best decisions for themselves and their babies. 

Continuity of Care

Open communication and mutual trust are vital to clinical safety and positive care experiences. 

At KCM, you will get to know the small team of midwives who will care for you throughout your pregnancy, labour, and birth, and for you and your baby for six weeks after your birth. We will see you for prenatal visits every four weeks until you are 28 weeks, every two weeks between 28 and 36 weeks, and then weekly from 36 weeks until you give birth. We routinely offer three home visits in the first week postpartum (to help initiate feeding and to facilitate rest, healing, and bonding), and then clinic visits when your baby is 2, 4, and 6 weeks old. We make time for your questions at visits.

Choice of Birthplace

We are committed to supporting you to labour and give birth in the place you feel most calm, confident, and secure.

Contemporaneous Canadian research is clear that for healthy people having healthy ("low risk") pregnancies, giving birth with a trained midwife in attendance is equally safe regardless of planned place of birth. It also suggests that giving birth out of the hospital can help prevent unnecessary interventions and complications. Talk with your midwife about your options.

Visit our Choice of Birthplace page to learn more about your birthplace options in this community.

Click below to learn more about the research data on homebirth, hospital birth, and birth center birth in Ontario.

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