What We Do
Cambridge Midwives are health-care professionals who provide government-funded expert primary care to pregnant people and their newborns. Throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the first 6 weeks after birth you and your baby will be cared for by a small group of midwives. Having a small team of midwives to provide your prenatal care helps to ensure that you have a known and trusted midwife helping you to deliver your baby.
Midwifery care is founded upon respect for normal pregnancy and birth as a healthy process and profound event in one’s life. Birthing can take place at home or within a hospital.
You can choose to have a midwife or a doctor, not both. Since midwives are experts in low-risk pregnancy and birth, midwifery clients will not see a physician for their pregnancy, unless there are concerns or complications. If complications arise, midwives can consult with physicians or, if necessary, transfer a client’s care to a physician. If care is transferred, midwives continue to support their clients and resume primary care when possible.
A midwife is not a doula. A birth doula is a trained labour support person who provides emotional and physical support to those giving birth and their families. Doula services are not covered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. If you are considering having a doula at your birth, talk about it with your midwife.