A team of 2-4 midwives will be responsible for your care. Though each midwife has time off-call, our goal is that one of your midwives will be available to you whenever you need care. We make sure that you have visits with each of your midwives in order to develop a relationship. The midwives on your team will work together to provide individualized and appropriate care.
For prenatal care, you will have appointments with each of your 2-4 midwives. Whichever midwife from your team is on call when you go into labour will be the primary midwife at the birth.
YOUR CARE COORDINATOR
Your Care Coordinator is one of your midwives. If you page your midwife with an urgent concern, please ask for your assigned care coordinator. They will make sure one of your midwives responds to you.
THE SECOND MIDWIFE AT YOUR BIRTH
Our goal is that one of the midwives on your team will be with you throughout your active labour and birth. When you are close to delivering, your midwife will call a second midwife who you may or may not have met. The second midwife will assist the primary midwife during the birth. Once the baby is born, the second midwife is there to help care for the baby while the primary midwife continues to look after you.
YOUR THIRD MIDWIFE
A third midwife may be assigned to your team to help cover during busy or off-call times. Sometimes, through unavoidable circumstances such as two births happening at the same time, both of your midwives may be unavailable. Your care coordinator will suggest when these visits should be scheduled.
YOUR STUDENT MIDWIFE
We are a teaching practice that regularly has students from the university based Midwifery Education Program as well as students who have already qualified to practice in other countries but need Ontario experience. Most midwifery clients say that they really benefit from student involvement in their care. Students are always under midwife supervision and participate in clinic appointments, home visits and births. Please talk to your midwives if you have questions or concerns about having a student involved in your care.