Frequently asked questions
Do I have to pay for a midwife?
If you are an Ontario resident with a valid Ontario Health Card midwifery care is available to you cost free similar to a doctor's care and covered by the Ministry of Health.
Do midwives only do home births?
No. Midwives are licensed medical professionals who will respect your personal autonomy and encourage informed choice through education and discussion during your appointments. Whether you require a c-section, or choose a home birth, birthing centre, or hospital, you will be supported in your choice by your midwife.
Can I continue to see my current OB-GYN while I am under your care?
Each pregnancy can only have one primary care provider. Because OB-GYNs and midwives are both primary care providers, once you choose midwifery care, the midwives will take over the care for your current pregnancy.
How many midwives will I see at your clinic?
Do I need a doctor's referral to see a midwife?
No referral is required for midwifery care. Simply fill out our request a midwife form and one of our lovely administrators will give you a call back within a week to discuss coming into care.
When should I contact you to make my first appointment?
Request a midwife as soon as you know you are pregnant as Diversity Midwives can only accommodate a certain number of births per month. If we are already at our client limit when you are expecting you will be placed on a waiting list, should any clients move or transfer care during the course of their pregnancy.
How often will I see a midwife?
Prenatal midwifery care is typically scheduled every 4 weeks before 28 weeks pregnancy, every 2 weeks from 28 weeks to 36 weeks of pregnancy and every 1 week after 36 weeks until baby arrives.
What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
Doulas do not provide medical care and do not deliver babies. Midwives are trained to provide all the necessary medical care and to monitor the health and well-being of you and your baby.
Is the information I provide you kept confidential?
At Diversity Midwives we are committed to the privacy and protection of client information. Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information is an important aspect of the way Diversity Midwives conducts its business. Collecting and using personal information in an appropriate, responsible, and ethical manner is fundamental to Diversity Midwives daily operations. Diversity Midwives strives to protect and respect the personal information of its clients and so on in accordance with all applicable laws and as outlined in our Client Consent form you will be able to review at your first booking appointment.