I’m pregnant. Can I have a midwife at LHSC?

Spring 2020

Yes, many women have their babies at LHSC under the care of a midwife.

Midwives are self-regulated, health-care professionals who are experts in low-risk pregnancy, birth and newborn care and have practice privileges at hospitals. There are approximately 50 midwives in the London area affiliated with LHSC. Their services are covered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

If you are interested in getting a midwife, you must contact the clinics directly. No physician referral is required. Clients are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and clinics encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Midwives provide continuity of care, from early pregnancy to six weeks after birth through their clinic. If you decide to have your baby at LHSC, when you go into labour the midwife contacts LHSC’s Birthing Centre to advise they will be arriving with a client who is in active labour.

Hospital staff provide support to the midwives as needed, especially in situations where complications arise during the birth. Following the birth, you and your baby may be eligible for direct discharge home, or to be moved to the Mother Baby Care Unit to prepare you for transitioning home under the care of your midwife.

In 2019 the Birthing Centre at LHSC and the Midwifery Department were recognized by the Association of Ontario Midwives for their collaboration with the Best Hospital Integration Award.

For more information on midwifery in Ontario, visit the Association of Ontario Midwives.

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Midwife, Elleana Hoekstra (right) uses a doppler to allow her client, Gabriela Ocadiz (left) to hear her baby’s heartbeat.