What is a midwife?

What do you know about midwives?

Did you know that midwives are professionals, integrated into the health and social services network?

That their practice is supervised by a professional order?

That they are the only professionals to offer the choice of birthplace? Currently available in several regions, midwifery services are in high demand. In response to citizen mobilizations, the government is committed to serving a larger population within Quebec. Many projects are currently under development.

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Did you know that it is not necessary to be referred by your doctor to consult a midwife?

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Professionnelles de la santé reconnuesLe Regroupement Les Sages-Femmes du Québec (RSFQ) Dédié à ses membresEN SAVOIR PLUSLe Regroupement Les Sages-Femmes du Québec (RSFQ) est l'association professionnelle des sages-femmes du Québec. Il travaille au développement de la profession et défend le libre choix des lieux d’accouchement pour les femmes. Alors que l’Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec encadre la profession, le RSFQ est le porte-parole officiel des sages-femmes exerçant leur profession légalement au Québec auprès du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS).
Did you know that you do not need to be referred by your doctor to consult a midwife?

True or false?

Midwifery care is paid for by parents 

FALSE ! Midwifery care is part of the public health network. Its cost is fully covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) plan, just as medical care would be

I cannot have an epidural if I give birth with a midwife 

 TRUE… AND FALSE! Midwives personalize birth preparations by taking into account the needs of their clients who are planning a natural birth. Midwives share their expertise and suggest ways to cope with labour pain. During the birth, if an epidural becomes necessary, it is possible to transfer care to a doctor. Respect for the experience, needs and rights of women is central to midwifery care

Doulas are midwives 

 FALSE ! Doulas prepare, equip and support couples at various stages of the childbearing year but cannot provide medical care

Midwives are highly trained and university educated 

 TRUE ! A 4.5-year university program is offered at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). It involves over 2,300 hours of clinical placements in Birth Centres, hospitals, and the community.

Internationally trained midwives who wish to practice in Quebec may do so after completing a specialized certifi cate, which is also offered at UQTR

After a Caesarean birth, midwifery care is not possible for future pregnancies 

 FALSE ! A vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC) is possible under the care of midwives since it is part of their scope of practice. Midwives discuss a client’s needs and options and what factors promote a successful VBAC

Homebirth is risky 

 FALSE ! Research has widely established that planned home birth is as safe as hospital birth for healthy women with normal pregnancies. Midwives have both the necessary medical equipment and the skills to ensure safety during and immediately after the birth. They are trained to respond to emergencies or to circumstances that warrant a transfer to the hospital