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Midwives are urging all political parties to support the development of birth centres in Ontario ...

"Birth centres provide a safe, supportive environment where women can access prenatal, labour, birth and post-partum care," said Katrina Kilroy, RM, president of the AOM. "We believe they can improve maternal-newborn care while cutting health care costs."

Birth centres are well established in the US, UK, Australia and Quebec. Ontario midwives currently attend births in both home and hospital, but there is increasing demand from women and families for another out-of-hospital birth option. Birth centres help divert healthy women and newborns from hospital, which in turn lowers costly intervention rates such as c-sections. They provide for community-based care in a family-oriented environment.

... There are over 500 Registered Midwives in Ontario, serving communities in 85 clinics across the province. Midwives have privileges at most Ontario hospitals. They have been provincially funded and regulated since 1994.

A midwife is a registered health care professional who provides primary care to women with low-risk pregnancies. Midwives provide care throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and provide care to both mother and baby during the first six weeks following the birth. The Association of Ontario Midwives is the professional organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Ontario ...