Choosing a Prenatal Health Care Provider
Here are some questions to consider in selecting a prenatal health care provider:
- Is the person easy to talk to and understand?
- Do they listen to you and answer your questions?
- Can you get to their office easily?
- Can you call them by phone?
- Will they deliver your baby?
- Where will the baby be born (e.g., at home, in a birthing centre, at a hospital)?
- Will they provide care for your baby?
- Do you prefer a male or female health care provider?
- What do other mothers say about their health care providers?
A licensed medical doctor who provides care to the whole family, including infants and children. This includes normal (low risk) pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. However, not all family physicians perform deliveries. In such cases, they provide most of your pre- and post-natal care, and the obstetrician or midwife takes over the care at the end of your pregnancy and delivers your baby.
A specialized doctor who provides care to you during your pregnancy, labour, childbirth, postpartum and to support your overall reproductive health. They give prenatal care to both low- and high-risk pregnancies. They also provide one follow-up visit after your baby is born.
Visit the Health Care Connect to find a family doctor or an obstetrician.
Provides care if your pregnancy is normal (low risk). A midwife can deliver your baby either at home or in hospital, depending on your preference. The midwife will continue to provide care for you and your baby after birth.
To find a midwife, visit Ontario Midwives.
Provide care to you and your family in clinics, health centres or hospitals. Nurse Practitioners may offer care during pregnancy and after you give birth. You will be referred to a doctor for the delivery, as they do not deliver babies.
They also do routine check-ups for babies and children and work closely with doctors, specialists, midwives and other health care providers. To find a nurse practitioner, visit Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario.