In Ontario, each midwifery practice group has an area, called a catchment, from which to draw clients. The catchment area for Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives includes Scarborough and West Durham (Pickering, Ajax and Whitby.) Occasionally we also provide services to clients near to our catchment area if we have spots available (east-end Toronto, the rest of Durham, south Markham). Most prenatal care and about half of postpartum care is provided at our clinic location; about half of our postpartum visits take place in the client’s home.
About 20% (1 out of 5) of our clients choose to birth their babies in their homes with 2 midwives in attendance, and a small number of women have had their babies at our Scarborough clinic. About 80% (4 out of 5) of our clients birth their babies in hospital, usually also with 2 midwives in attendance.
Each midwife at a midwifery practice is granted privileges to deliver babies at a specific hospital(s). The midwives at Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives have privileges at the Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS), which includes the following two hospital sites:
Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering (RVAP)
580 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, ON, L1S 2J4
Rouge Valley Centenary (RVC)
2867 Ellesmere Road, Toronto, ON, M1E 4B9
More information about the location of these hospitals can be found here. The RVHS website also includes information about the Maternal Newborn Care program and you can view 2 short videos on You Tube about the birthing facilities at RVAP and RVC.
UPDATE as of January 2015: We now also have privileges at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) – General and Birchmount Campuses. Addresses for these two hospital sites are as follows:
The Scarborough Hospital — General campus
3050 Lawrence Ave. East, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2V5
The Scarborough Hospital — Birchmount campus
3030 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON, M1W 3W3
Click here for The Scarborough Hospital Contact Us page for more information about the location of these two hospitals. The TSH website also includes information about the Women’s and Children’s Health program in general, and about the Maternal Newborn and Child Care program in particular.
There are times when our clients give birth at other hospitals for various reasons. In these cases, the midwife usually attends the birth at the hospital if it is not too far away, but she cannot provide clinical care as she does not have privileges to work at hospitals outside of RVHS and TSH. She attends the birth in a supportive care role only, but does continue with postpartum care in your home once you leave the hospital. If you are planning to give birth at another hospital and want a midwife as your care-provider, you can search to see if there is a midwifery practice group that has privileges at the hospital you have in mind.