A birth centre is a regulated, community-based health care facility that gives women another option for a safe, comfortable place to give birth. Working with a midwife, families will be able to incorporate their own culture, traditions and preferences in their experiences.
Midwives will also provide care during pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding and parenting. Births at the birth centre are free for Ontario residents and are funded through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Two birth centres have been established: one in Ottawa and one in Toronto. The Toronto Birth Centre opened on January 31, 2014 and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre opened on February 3, 2014.
You can plan to have your baby at the birth centre if you:
The first step is to find a registered midwife; a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario. For information on midwifery in Ontario or to find a registered midwife, you can either visit the College's website, the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) website, or call 1-866-418-3773.
Visit the Birth Centres’ websites (below) for more detailed information about what they have to offer.
Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at 1-866-532-3161
In Toronto, 416-314-5518
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm