Community Midwives of Kingston

Are midwives anti-hospital or technology?

No. Absolutely not! The best maternity care occurs when there is cooperation between midwives and obstetricians, whose specialized skills can be essential in high risk situations. Although most normal births require little or no intervention, midwives are trained in emergency skills and carry emergency equipment such as oxygen and resuscitation equipment, and anti-hemorrhagic drugs to all births. Hospital back-up and emergency equipment are important to the safety of home birth. Registered Midwives must practice in accordance with standards set by the College of Midwives. These standards include detailed guidelines about when to consult with or transfer care to a physician.