About Midwifery Care
Registered Midwives (RM's) provide primary care to women during pregnancy, labour, and birth.
We continue to provide midwifery care for mothers and babies during the first six weeks after the baby is born.
In Ontario, there is no direct cost to midwifery clients for care at home or in the hospital—midwifery is covered by OHIP.
You do not need a referral from your family doctor for our services.
Women receiving midwifery care do not see a physician during the course of their care. However, if a medical concern either with the mother or with the baby, arises during pregnancy, labour or birth, or in the six weeks of post partum care, we consult with the appropriate specialist according to our guidelines. If it becomes necessary, we transfer primary care and then we continue to provide supportive care.
All midwives are certified in Adult CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.
All Registered Midwives in Ontario are governed by the College of Midwives of Ontario.
Areas We Serve
Ontario midwives work within a defined geographical catchment area. St. Jacobs Midwives serve families living in Kitchener, Waterloo, Wellesley Township, Woolwich Township, Wilmot Township, and surrounding rural areas. If you live outside this area, we will be pleased to provide you with names of other midwifery practices.
Hospitals: The St. Jacobs Midwives all maintain active privileges at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.
Your Informed Choice
Our Informed Choice Agreement outlines our philosophy, our role, protocols for practice, and client responsibilities.
We ask that all our clients review and sign this agreement. Please feel free to discuss with us any questions you may have about this Agreement.
Pregnant and looking for care?
Please connect with us as soon as possible to check for availability.