Model Of Care

Midwives believe that birth is a normal physiological process and a profound experience in an individual’s life. Midwifery is based on three main pillars: informed choice, continuity of care and choice of birthplace.


Informed Choice:

As a midwifery client your midwives expect that you will be an active participant in your care. Your midwives will provide you with the best evidence and information regarding tests and procedures available during your care. Midwives recognize that people have varied experiences, values and desires and their choices may reflect those differences. Your midwives will support you in what you choose, while ensuring that you understand the information.  During an emergency, midwives will keep you as informed as possible as to what is happening and why. Following such an event, we will be available to review the situation in more detail.

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Choice of Birthplace:

Guelph Midwives offers birth at home and in hospital, either Guelph General or Groves Memorial in Fergus. Research shows that for low risk pregnancies, home birth is as safe for babies and safer for women when compared to birth in hospital. However, the best place for a woman to give birth is where she feels safest.  Guelph Midwives also offers a third option called: “choose in labour.”  This means that you prepare for both so that during labour, you are able to choose whether you would like to stay at home or move to the hospital.

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Continuity of Care:

Midwives provide comprehensive care during pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as the postpartum period.  When you become a client of Guelph Midwives you will be assigned a team of 2-3 midwives that you will meet and build a relationship with over the course of your pregnancy.  You will have ample opportunity to get to know the midwife who attends you at your birth.

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Student Involvement:

Guelph Midwives is a teaching practice. Each team of midwives is complemented by the involvement of a senior student who is in her/his last year of midwifery training at one of the three Midwifery Education Programs in Ontario. Student involvement has the advantage of greater continuity as well as an extra set of hands during your labour and birth. By welcoming student involvement you are helping to grow the midwifery profession!