Midwives are regulated health professionals who provide free, expert primary care to pregnant people and their new babies. We attend birth in hospital, at home, and at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre.
We are guided by the principles of informed choice and continuity of care. Midwives provide 24 hour care for the childbearing person and baby from early pregnancy, through the birth and then for a further 6 weeks. In the first week of your baby’s life your midwife will come to provide clinical care for you and your baby in your home.
Midwives are regulated health professionals governed by the College of Midwives of Ontario. Midwives have been funded to provide perinatal care in Ontario since 1994. Midwives have been part of the professional team of nurses, family physicians, obstetricians and neonatologists at the Ottawa Hospital since 2010. There are currently 27 midwives with privileges at The Ottawa Hospital.
Outreach care is available through maternal fetal medicine/midwifery collaboration at local shelters, mental health organizations, and the detention centre.
There are three midwifery practices that provide care at the Ottawa Hospital.