MIDWIVES OF MUSKOKA

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Choice of Birthplace

Ontario midwives attend women in their choice of birthplace.  It is important that women receive accurate information about the risks and benefits of birthplace for low-risk pregnancy and labour in order to make an informed choice.  All women considering home delivery are encouraged to attend one of our regularly scheduled choice of birthplace information sessions, in which safety, risks and benefits of home and hospital birth, midwifery training in the home setting and medications and equipment are discussed.  You will also be given the opportunity to meet one or more clients who have delivered at home to gain the perspective of a consumer as well as that of your midwives.  Because space is limited, you must pre-register for these information sessions by calling our administrator at 705-645-4011.

It is well documented in the scientific literature that for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies and with a care provider present who is trained in home delivery, home is a safe place to birth.  If you choose home birth, Midwives of Muskoka will bring all the necessary equipment to your home to respond to any unexpected emergencies, including oxygen for mother and baby, resuscitation equipment for the newborn and intravenous supplies and medications for treatment of hemorrhage.  The fetal heart rate is monitored frequently in active labour with a portable hand-held Doppler.  In the event of complications, transport to hospital takes place in a straightforward manner as all planned homebirths are pre-registered with the local ambulance service.  After the birth of your baby, your midwife will stay at your home for approximately 3 hours postpartum to ensure you and your baby are stable, and she will return within 24 hours of the birth to check on you and your baby.  She will also, as always, be on-call for you should you need her sooner.

Midwives of Muskoka also attend births at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital and South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.  Women choosing hospital birth can still elect to be initially assessed at home in early labour and spend time at home with their midwife in attendance until labour is clearly established and more advanced.  After delivering in the hospital, midwifery clients have the option of being discharged home as early as 2-3 hours postpartum, or staying in the hospital’s postpartum ward for up to 48 hours after the birth.