Registered Midwives provide FREE, SAFE, EXPERT care. Midwives are health-care professionals who provide government-funded expert primary care to pregnant people and their newborns. Midwives are part of the Ontario health-care system and their services are completely funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Ontario residents who are not currently covered by OHIP can still receive midwifery care with no charge.
Midwives can order lab and diagnostic tests, the same ones a doctor would order for a healthy low-risk pregnancy. Midwives can prescribe some medications related to the care of clients in the pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum and newborns.
Midwives care for healthy low-risk pregnancies for the duration of the pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postpartum parents and newborn for six weeks after the baby is born. Individuals receiving midwifery care have the option of hospital or home birth.
You can learn more about what a midwife is, the training they have, and how midwifery care in Ontario works at these links.
College of Midwives of Ontario - http://www.cmo.on.ca/public/whattoexpectwithyourmidwife/
Association of Ontario Midwives - https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/what-midwife