Midwives provide 

community-centred care. 

Here are some 

community-centred resources.

 
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We know that for many people, birth is a family and community-centred event. If you are thinking of having a midwife, your family or community may have some questions. Here are some answers.


These resources support community conversations about birth and midwifery. 

A COMMUNITY-CENTRED GUIDE TO MIDWIFERY

Discussing midwifery and birth with loved ones

MIDWIFERY
MYTHS & FACTS

Debunking common myths

BIRTH QUESTIONS & TIPS

Bring these questions to a midwife & a doctor to support your
decision-making.

 
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FIND A MIDWIFE

Locate the nearest midwives to you

The Association of Ontario Midwives 

Find a Midwife tool, allows you to enter geographical and provider information to connect with midwives in your area.

CLIENT RESOURCES

Evidence-based clinical information

Downloadable client handouts for the public. These include information on topics such as Normal Newborn Behaviour, Iron Deficiency Anemia and Newborn Jaundice. Click below for access at ontariomidwives.ca.

BIRTHPLACE OPTIONS

Understand your choices

Learn more about the birthplace options in your community, and check out clients' experiences of giving birth at home, in the hospital and at a birth centre.

 
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CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY

 

ANCESTRAL HANDS MIDWIVES

GTA-based Midwife-led Perinatal Program

Ancestral Hands Midwives aims to reduce disparities in maternal outcomes and improve the experience of care for Black people during the prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods. The program addresses anti-Black racism in healthcare through representation, connection empowerment and evidence based solutions.

COLOUR OF BIRTH

Canadian Midwives of Colour:
A Mixed-Methods Research Study

There is a stark, historical under-representation of birth, the working lives of women and in particular the work of midwives of colour who lived in early settlement communities during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This study will examine the hidden histories of racialized midwives in Canada, beginning with Black midwives in Canada.

WOMEN'S HEALTH IN WOMEN'S HANDS

A Community Health Centre for Racialized Women Living in and around Toronto

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands provides primary healthcare to racialized women from the African, Black, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian. They are committed to working from an inclusive feminist, pro-choice, anti-racist, anti-oppression, and multilingual participatory framework in addressing the issue of access to healthcare.

 

ACCESSIBLE CARE PREGNANCY CLINIC

Accessible Care for Birthing People

Sunnybrook’s accessible care pregnancy clinic is a specialized clinic that provides care for women, trans and non-binary people with physical disabilities who are pregnant or are contemplating a pregnancy. The clinic welcomes people with both visible and invisible physical disabilities and recognizes that some disabilities are episodic in nature.

RAINBOW HEALTH ONTARIO

Creating Opportunities for the Healthcare System to Better Serve LGBT2SQ Communities

RHO offers training for healthcare providers across the province to feel more clinically and culturally competent in caring for their LGBT2SQ service users. RHO also supports system change by producing evidence-based print and web resources, contributing an LGBT2SQ health perspective to public policy processes, acting as a research catalyst and hosting Canada’s largest LGBT2SQ health conference.

SHERBOURNE HEALTH

Healthy People. Healthy Communities.

A dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness. Sherbourne Health is open to everyone and is particularly committed to the health of LGBTQ People, homeless and under-housed people, and newcomers to Canada

 

MASSEY CENTRE

A Client-centred Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Organization Supporting Adolescents

Massey Centre believes in the dignity, value and potential of each young person and baby served. Each of our young clients has access to prenatal and postnatal care, learns how to care for their baby, completes their education, and develops the skills needed to build a successful life and relationship with their baby.  

SEX & U

An Initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

SexandU.ca takes a real-life approach to the questions and issues around sex and sexuality. From talking about sex, to lifestyle choices, to contraception awareness and sexually transmitted infections, SexandU.ca provides accurate, credible, and up-to-date information and education on topics related to sexual and reproductive health.

TAIBU

“Taibu” — a Kiswahili Word Meaning, “Be in Good Health”

TAIBU Community Health Centre provides comprehensive primary healthcare in combination with health promotion programs and activities. They are a multidisciplinary, non-for-profit, community led organization established to serve the Black Community across the Greater Toronto Area as its priority population.

 

BLACK HEALTH ALLIANCE

Improving the Health & Well-being of Black Communities

Driven by groundbreaking research, strong partnerships, and people, this movement continues to build innovative solutions to improve Black health and well-being, and mobilize people and financial resources to create lasting change in the lives of Black children, families and communities.

EVA'S INITIATIVE

Providing shelter, housing, and support for young people aged 16 to 24

Eva’s is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help young people build brighter futures free of homelessness. They give young people the tools to transition out of homelessness permanently and collaborate and innovate to end youth homelessness.

ONTARIO BLACK DOULA SOCIETY

 collection of professionals that centre Black doulas and the families that they serve 

Through education, care, and services, the OBDS intends to participate in the process toward improving maternal outcomes for Black Mothers, birthers, and pregnant people.

 

BLACKNESS YES

Community-based committee celebrating Black queer and trans history

Blackness Yes! is a community-based committee that works year-round to celebrate Black queer and Trans history, creativity and resistance. Their mandate is to create a space for LGBTIQQ folks of African decent and their friends, loved ones and supporters.

MOMMY MONITOR

A Social Enterprise that Offers Customized Maternal Health Support & Education

The mission of Mommy Monitor is to meet all mothers at their individual needs and to provide solutions for a safe and happy pregnancy. Mommy Monitor is committed to being the world’s best patient centred and culturally competent integrated maternal health care app and improving the health of mothers, one pregnancy at a time.

UJIMA HOUSE

Fostering a Community of Knowledgeable, Sensitive, Committed and Involved Fathers

The Young and Potential Fathers Initiative (YPF) fosters a community of involved young and potential Fathers, and informs public policy through mentorship and the creation of a culturally centered, fully resourced, fathering space called Ujima House.