Are you thinking about having a midwife or a traditional OBGYN. Here’s 5 reasons to have a midwife deliver your baby. We asked local Georgetown midwife, Nina Couto to share with us 5 unique aspects of midwifery care that she believes her clients benefit from.

Partnership & informed choice

As midwives, we believe and support a woman’s right to make informed choices about each aspect of her care during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period for herself and her baby. Appointments are longer than standard care for this information to be conveyed. They typically range from 30-45 minutes. Women often report feeling in partnership with their midwives when making decisions about their care.

They also report enjoying the continuity of care aspect with respect to being acquainted with the group of midwives that provide clinical care before, during, after delivery and up to 6 weeks postpartum.

Continuity in healthcare

With midwifery care, your midwife is your primary care provider. It begins as soon as you sign up after your positive pregnancy test. Midwives provide clinical care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum. Midwives may order blood work, ultrasounds and tests as needed. One of your midwives will be present during labour, delivery and immediate postpartum providing one on one clinical care. Clients report a high satisfaction rate knowing the care provider who will be delivering their baby.

Healthcare at home

I would have to say this is a top favourite for clients as well as for the midwives. After your delivery, midwives will provide care to assess and monitor the well-being of you and baby at home 3 times in the first week. These visits and support are invaluable parts of midwifery care. Staying home means that you can focus on rest, healing, feeding, and getting to know your new baby.

24/7 Availability

Midwives are available by pager 24 hours a day, everyday. Depending on the community, midwives will be able to assess and monitor the woman at home, clinic or in the hospital. In some scenarios, midwifery clients may experience less hospital triage visits and report more support with their health care concerns especially in the postpartum.

It’s Free!

Choosing to have a midwife is a free service of OHIP and non-OHIP persons; all you have to do is self register with a practice in your community as soon as possible! No referral needed. The Ministry of Health pays for midwifery care in Ontario. For persons who do not have OHIP coverage, applicable fees will only be necessary for a hospital stay and/or specialized physician fees. The trouble is getting a midwife as we have limited spots and fill up quickly!

Nina Couto has been part of the midwifery world since 2006, working as an administrator and the Midwifery Education Program. She is a Registered Midwife currently practicing in the Region of Brampton and Halton Hills.