The topic of childbirth is, of course, a huge one. This page will not cover everything that needs to be known, but take a look and let me know what you think.
Ontario Midwives has fantastic information where they have reviewed the research on home, birth centre and hospital birth.
When we look at the principals of Evidence Based Care (EBC), there are three key elements:
1. the research
2. the HealthCare Provider's expertise and utilization of the research
3. your goals, preference and values.
These three key elements of EBC are important to keep in mind when deciding on place of birth.
In Ontario with midwifery care, you have a choice of home or hospital.
Ontario Midwives on Choice of Birth Place here
There are three free-standing birth centres in Ontario:
Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahsta' (in Hagersville).
OMama on choice of birthplace here
Ontario Midwives have a short (4:28 min) video on choosing homebirth here.
Generations Midwifery Care have a video on the equipment that midwives bring to a birth (26:13 min) here.
Midwife Eileen Hutton, PhD talks about homebirth research (3:10 min) here
The Toronto Birth Centre celebrates its 1,000th birth (0:53 min) here
Midwives in Ontario are Primary Care providers for healthy low-risk pregnancies. Midwives have hospital privileges and can order ultrasounds and prescribe some medications. There is no charge for midwifery care for Ontario residents. More on midwifery here.
What is a midwife (10:53 min) here
Ontario Midwives: Pregnancy care (3:10 min) here
Ontario midwives: Giving birth with a midwife (3:21 min) here
Ontario Midwives: Postpartum care (3:08 min) here
Tracy Moore on midwifery care (1:02 min) here
To find a midwife here
Ontario College of Family Physicians here
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website for patients here
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website for practitioners here
To find an MD (either FP or OB), go to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. You can search by specialty and location by clicking on Advanced here