SOAHAC’s Aboriginal Midwifery services are currently available in London, the
communities of Chippewas of the Thames, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and
Munsee-Delaware Nation, and the surrounding rural regions. If you are unsure if
this includes you, please connect with us.
What is an Aboriginal Midwife?
An Aboriginal Midwife is a health professional who provides primary health care to Indigenous families during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. She is also a person who is knowledgeable in all aspects of women’s wellness and she provides education that helps keep the family and community healthy. Aboriginal Midwives support breastfeeding, nutrition, and parenting skills, and they build strong relationships with their clients and families.
Aboriginal Midwives work with other health professionals like doctors, obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians or other specialists as appropriate to ensure that families have access to complete and integrated care. An Aboriginal midwife can work in a variety of settings, depending on the community: from birth centres, to clinics, to the family home. She can also provide non-clinical supportive care (e.g., labour and breast-feeding support, advocacy) in hospitals.
In Ontario, Aboriginal Midwives are accountable to the Indigenous communities that they serve rather than a governing regulatory body. However, the midwives at SOAHAC do follow the regulations and standards for care as laid out by the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO).
Aboriginal Midwifery at SOAHAC
The Aboriginal Midwives provide primary health care to families during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period (six weeks after birth). They can support breastfeeding, nutrition, parenting skills, and all aspects of women’s wellness during this time.You can connect with the Aboriginal Midwives at any time before your pregnancy, any time during your pregnancy, or up to 6 weeks after having your baby. We work with you to develop a care plan for your family’s needs and choices. We also work with your other health care providers. Currently, the Aboriginal Midwives provide complete home-birth services for primary care clients, and doula services for supportive care clients who are giving birth in the hospital. Services include:
- Conception counselling
- Prenatal health care
- Prenatal classes
- Labour and delivery care
- 24/7 on call support
- Supportive care
- Breastfeeding support
- Pregnancy loss support
- Traditional parenting support
- Women’s Wellness Days (follow up care)
Please call the London location to connect with an Aboriginal Midwife for a consultation, or to book an intake appointment. If you already access services at SOAHAC, you can also speak with your health care provider for an internal referral.