Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful group of midwives in Orangeville! Their clinic, Midwives of Headwater Hills, services a very wide area in Orangeville and Dufferin County including the communities of Orangeville, Dufferin County, Shelburne, Mono Mills, Bolton, and Erin. In addition to the pictures I took yesterday, the clinic is graciously allowing me to display my photography in their clinic!
A lot has changed with midwifery care since the “good ol’ days”! Did you know that Midwives complete a four-year university degree through the Ontario Midwifery Education Program (offered at three Ontario universities)? Midwifery care is also fully covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). They are considered primary care givers and therefore, when under the care of a midwife, you do not need to see a doctor for your prenatal care for a normal, low-risk pregnancy. Midwives provide safe and expert care to healthy women and newborns and therefore will consult with a physician and/or transfer care should a complication arise during pregnancy.
The Association of Ontario Midwives provides a lot of information about midwifery care in Ontario.
Our photo session yesterday couldn’t have come at a better time, as today is the International Day of the Midwife! I am an advocate of midwifery care. Both of my children were born under the care the Midwives of Peel and Halton Hills. Not only did I receive exceptional prenatal care during my pregnancies and deliveries, their post-partum care for the first six weeks was fabulous also! Unlike a doctor’s office, I never felt rushed during my appointments. I wasn’t just another number to my midwifery team. They took the time to listen to my concerns and answer my questions, as well as educate me about my pregnancy and the upcoming birth process.
I really enjoyed photographing this wonderful women and their clients yesterday. Thank you ladies for welcoming me into your practice, and for being able to share your wonderful skills with my readers!