We are a group practice of eight Registered Midwives. We work within the standards and guidelines of the College of Midwives of Ontario.
The Ontario model of midwifery care is based on the following principles:
Informed Choice - Midwifery care is based on providing care that respects the birthing woman as the primary decision-maker. Midwives give information to help you make informed decisions. We will work to support your decisions.
Continuity of Care - You will be assigned to a team of three to four midwives who will alternately see you during your pregnancy. Two of these midwives will attend your birth. On occasion, when we have multiple births in progress, you may have a midwife from another team who will assist one of your primary midwives.
A team member is on call by pager 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any urgent calls. The clinic is open Monday to Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm and messages can also be left on the clinic answering machine for non-urgent calls. Most visits are at the clinic, but we come to your home for one pre-natal visit, and also provide several hospital and/or home visits within the firs ten days after your baby is born. Further postpartum visits are at the clinic.
Choice of Birth place - With midwifery care, you have a choice of birth place. If you are requesting a hospital birth, we have privileges at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. If you have had a healthy pregnancy, you can also choose to have a home birth. For those who live out of town, there is also the option of birthing at the clinic. We have a labour/birth room adjoining a bathroom with a deep tub. We also have birth tubs to lend for home births.