Throughout your pregnancy, you can choose to be monitored by a medical team or a midwife. See the philosophy, implication and availability of these two options.
Remember the importance of finding someone you fully trust. And above all, you can always change your mind during pregnancy.
|Follow-up with a team midwife||Follow-up with a medical team|
|Continuity||As much as possible, the midwife tries to offer a relationship of continuity from the start of pregnancy, during childbirth and to continue follow-up up to 6 weeks postnatally. She monitors mother and baby during the postnatal period.||Very variable. Some doctors offer continuity, others work in teams of several doctors.|
|Availability||The midwife spends approximately 45 minutes per meeting with her clientele. It can be more or less, depending on the needs. There is time to ask questions. On the other hand, it is possible for women to contact the midwife and her teammate directly, 24 hours a day and7 days a week.||Encounters usually last 5-15 minutes. Again, there are exceptions. If the situation is special, the woman can call Info-santé and go to the hospital. Occasionally, some doctors are more available and receive calls from their patients.|
|Philosophy||For the midwife, pregnancy, childbirth and life with a baby are normal and unique events for everyone. The midwife sees you as an independent adult. It will support informed decision making.||Pregnancy and childbirth are considered based on possible pathology risks. Childbirth is an event that must be closely monitored and, if possible, controlled. The doctor, in general, makes a decision of which he informs you and to which you consent or refuse.|
|Medical follow-up||The medical aspect is one of the elements taken into account in pregnancy monitoring. Emotional, social, family members, other life events are also considered important.||The medical follow-up is predominant. Some doctors offer a more attentive ear.|
|Skills||Midwives are the specialists in normal pregnancy and childbirth, that is to say 80% to 85% of cases. They work in complementarity with medical specialists in the event of complications or risky situations.||Obstetrician-gynecologists are specialiststrained for pathology and risky situations and complications.|
Thanks to Cynthia Perreault, midwife for her collaboration in the development of this table.