14845 Yonge St. Suite 302 | Aurora, ON | L4G 6H8

T 905.713.0022 | F 905.713 2245

About Midwives of York Region

We are a practice of eight Registered Midwives. We offer a choice of birthplace: home or hospital. We hold admitting and discharge privileges at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. We work in teams to offer 24-hour oncall availability. Our office is located in Aurora. Our regular office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

What is a Midwife?

In Ontario, a midwife is a registered health care professional who provides complete care to women having normal pregnancies throughout their pregnancy, labour and birth. Midwives also provide care to both mother and baby during the first six weeks following the birth.

Most midwives work together in group practices. A woman is seen by a small number of midwives. During regularly scheduled visits to the midwifery practice, midwives provide clinical examinations, counseling and education.

Women in midwifery care normally do not see a physician during their pregnancy, labour, birth or the first six weeks after the baby is born. In the event that medical problems arise, midwives consult with the woman's family physician, nurse practitioner, obstetrician or other specialist to determine a plan of care.

Midwifery Scope of Practice

The practice of midwifery is the assessment and monitoring of women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period and the conducting of spontaneous normal vaginal deliveries. (Ontario) Midwifery Act, 1991

Midwives in Ontario

Ontario regulated and funded midwifery in 1994, becoming the first Canadian province to do so. Midwifery services are fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This means that clients are assured of a midwife’s training and competency, and that they can access a midwife at no cost to themselves.

The Ontario Model of Midwifery Care is based on the principles of Continuity of Care, Informed Choice and Choice of Birthplace. Midwives spend time developing relationships with pregnant women and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Women are active decision-makers in the care they receive. Midwifery clients may choose to give birth at home or in hospital. Midwives maintain privileges at many Ontario hospitals and work collaboratively with other health care practitioners.

Currently, midwives qualify for registration either by graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme (a four-year baccalaureate degree program offered at McMaster, Ryerson and Laurentian universities) or Ryerson University’s International Midwifery Pre-registration Programme (IMPP). Each year approximately 35 new midwives are registered, making midwifery care available to more women throughout Ontario.