What to Expect from Your Midwife
Ontario midwives are primary care providers and will work with you through pregnancy, labour, and the first six weeks after your baby is born. Your midwife will:
- Be registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario, and show evidence of it on request.
- Meet all standards of practice of the profession, and stay current on best practices in maternal and newborn care. (A list of current College standards is available on our website.)
- Ensure you receive all tests, examinations, check-ups, and referrals you require and accept. Your midwife will consult with a physician if it becomes necessary.
- Inform you about your choices and respect your decisions about your care.
- Answer your questions and listen to your concerns.
- Continue to care for you and care for your newborn for six weeks after your baby is born.
The College maintains a public register which provides information about every midwife who practises in Ontario. You can search for midwives and midwifery practices on our public register.
If you have any questions about your midwife or midwifery practice, please contact us by phone 416 640 22 52 ext. 230 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are contacting the College to make a complaint or report a concern, our professional conduct staff will be able to help. The College has a committee to deal with complaints or concerns regarding midwives’ conduct, and we are committed to serving the public. More information on the complaints process can be found on the complaints page on our website, or by calling our office.
FAQs for Midwifery Clients and the Public
As a midwifery client or a member of the public, you may have questions about midwifery and the College. We hope these frequently asked questions help. Please select a topic below for more information.
Finding a Midwife
Using a Midwife
Concerns About Midwives
Practice of Midwifery