Midwives are health care professionals that care for pregnant women and their newborns. They are experts in low-risk birth; providing care for women and their child during pregnancy, labor, and the six-week duration after birth. During this time, midwives ensure the safety and comfort of the mother and child by recognizing, assessing, and preventing pregnancy-related complications. Midwives do not treat disease, disorders or conditions, but provide various services to prevent problems during and after pregnancy. Some of these pregnancy-related problems prevented by midwives include:
Midwives work directly with pregnant women and their families in hospitals, pregnancy clinics and the client’s home. Some services provided by midwives include:
In Ontario, a “Midwife” is a regulated profession subject to the Standards of Practice, Guidelines and Policies, defined by the College of Midwives of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.
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