Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a midwife?

A: Midwives are skilled specialist who give care and advice to the pregnant person during pregnancy, attend normal birth, and care for the newborn and mother following birth. They are trained to detect and respond to risk factors, respecting the pregnant person as the primary decision maker, and follow the principles of continuity of care, informed choice, and choice of birthplace.

Q: What kind of training do midwives have?

A: Midwives are graduates of the Midwifery Education Program, a 4 year Bachelor of Science which includes both rigorous academic study and intensive practical training. They are required to renew skills such as neonatal resuscitation and CPR yearly, and participate regularly in community learning events at our hospitals, clinics, and through peer review. With the exception of aboriginal midwives practising on reserves, midwives in Ontario must be registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario in order to practice.

Q: Can a midwife order all the tests I may need during my pregnancy?

A: Yes, a registered midwife can order any test within the scope of pregnancy and newborn health. Routine blood work, Ultrasounds, and urine tests may be ordered by your Midwife throughout your care. Additional Ultrasounds, amniocentesis and other specialized procedures can also be ordered when indicated for clinical reasons.

Q: If I choose midwifery care, is a home birth my only option?

A: No. In addition to providing the informed choice of having your baby at home, the Registered Midwives at Midwives Grey Bruce have admission and discharge privileges at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound site; South Bruce Grey Health Services, Walkerton; and Hanover District Hospital. Your choice of birthplace, home or hospital, is completely funded by the Ministry of Health.

Q: How do I sign up for care? Do I need a referral from my family Doctor?

A: You do not require a referral from a doctor to be eligible for care. Once you know that you are pregnant and have decided you would like a Midwife, you can register by filling out an care inquiry form on our website. You can also register by calling into the clinic (or visiting the clinic in person) and completing an intake from, which takes about 5 minutes. Please have your health card ready.

Q: How frequent will my appointments be & where will they take place?

A: Following your initial appointment, you will be seen approximately every 4 to 6 weeks until you reach 34 weeks gestation. At that point, your midwife will want to see you more frequently. From 36 weeks gestation until your birth, you will be asked to be seen on a weekly basis. Postpartum, a midwife will see you multiple times in the 10 days following your birth. Finally, your discharge appointment will be booked 6 weeks postpartum.

All prenatal appointments take place at our clinic in downtown Owen Sound or our satellite clinic in Walkerton. Appointments are around 45 minutes long. Your midwife will see you in your home for postpartum, with the exception of your discharge appointment (which is scheduled in clinic).

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