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Updated: Nov 13, 2020

In Ontario, pregnant people generally chose an OBGYN as their health care provider for prenatal care and birth. Many more people are choosing midwives than ever before and some still use their family doctors. Here are the benefits and limits of doctors and midwives in the Ontario context specifically. 


OBGYN


Benefits

  • Attend all types of births

  • Able to perform C-section if required or wanted

  • Specialized training to handle high risk births

Limitations

  • May not attend your birth

  • More likely to use interventions

  • Short prenatal appointments

  • Only attend births in hospitals


Midwives

Benefits

  • Specially trained in low risk pregnancy management

  • Attend births in all locations