Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
A midwife is a health professional who provides care to the pregnant woman throughout her pregnancy, participates in the delivery as the primary care provider, and provides the required care and follow-up for the first six weeks following the birth. The midwife also ensures follow-up of the newborn during this period.
A midwife must be a member of the Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec to practise her profession.
A midwife is able to detect risks for pregnant women and newborns early on. A midwife has the necessary skills, training and equipment to assure the parents that the birth of their child will take place in a safe environment.
If there are complications, the midwife provides the necessary care consults with a physician or transfers the mother and the child to a hospital centre based on the gravity of the situation.
Since midwifery comes under the public health and social services network, there is no cost for the services.
Midwives are available 24/7 and are involved throughout pregnancy, labour, delivery and the postnatal period.
In addition to providing care at birthing houses and in private homes, the midwife may perform deliveries in hospitals for women who so desire. There must be an existing agreement between the local community service centre health and social services center and the hospital centre.
Clientele All pregnant women eligible to the Québec Health Insurance Plan.
The Midwives Act came into effect in June 1999.
Midwives Act , CQLR, chapter S-0.1
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