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As my move date draws near, I have a feeling that I'll have many many questions, so I hope everyone will bear with me.<br><br>
The latest is this: Is Toronto a homebirth-friendly place, and can you recommend some great homebirth midwives?<br><br>
Thanks so much,<br><br>
Jennifer
 

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Toronto is VERY homebirth friendly. There are quite a few midwifery practices and they all do homebirths, which are completely legal and in fact funded by the provincial government. I'm not sure how it works for an American coming to Canada as far as health care coverage is concerned, but I imagine there is a waiting period before you qualify for complete coverage. But once you're covered, then your entire prenatal care and birth bill will be free of charge.<br><br>
The only thing I'd recommend is that you call a few midwifery practices the second you get a positive pregnancy test. I guess they have more business than they can handle, and you may be wait-listed. When I had my son, I was with the East York/Don Mills practice, and they were great. But I've heard good things about most of the practices around town.<br><br>
It's a pretty AP-friendly city, if you know where to look and find people. The Koala Mamas are very active - I'd recommend joining up with them. Not sure what part of the city you're looking at living in, but we lived in the Beach, which is a vibrant, fun neighbourhood that's also family friendly. And it has a ton of great parks, shops, restaurants and of course, the boardwalk/beach/lake being on your doorstep is a nice feature. A short drive to downtown too. I so miss living there!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Yep, everything Jen said...<br><br>
I use a practice called Diversity Midwives, <a href="http://www.diversitymidwives.com/" target="_blank">http://www.diversitymidwives.com/</a> they are in the east end as well at Warden & Sheppard. Lovely ladies and experienced in homebirths. There was no waiting list when I called them 5 months ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I just had a wonderful home waterbirth with midwives from the Midwives Collective on Dupont. If you're going to be more central in the city, they'd be the ones to call. I loved both my experiences with them.
 

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I've heard very good things about the Mississauga Midwives, if you are more in the West end.<br><br>
the only thing to be aware of with midwives in Ontario is because they are funded by the government, they are also fairly heavily regulated in who qualifies to have a homebirth. I don't think they'll do homebirths for breech, for example - that's an automatic transfer to hospital.<br><br>
Also, I believe you have to live in Ontario for 3 months before you are covered by OHIP, so depending on the timing, you might have to pay for some of your prenatals yourself. But that would true of any care you would receive from anyone.
 

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I used the Queen St. Midwives (it was just over 8 years ago, but I believe they're still on Queen St. East in the heart of the Beaches; we ended up at the East General with an emergency c-section, but I can't say enough about their support for all 3 of us through the whole ordeal. They were wonderful, so much nicer than going to a OB or even a GP. I highly recommend them!<br>
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Queen Street Midwives are no longer in practice. I was with them originally during my first pregnancy, and they disbanded and closed up when I was at 22 weeks, which is why I ended up with the East York/Don Mills practice. A couple of them went there and the others dispersed among the other practices I think. Not sure what happened there.
 

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I used Peel Midwifery in Mississauga and had a wonderful experience with my DD. We had a hospital birth because of my husband's reluctance to birth at home but they are very open to homebirth.<br><br>
I also very briefly dealt with Durham Midwifery in the east end (Pickering/Ajax) during my miscarriage and can't say enough about the caring and respect I was treated with. Hopefully I'll be seeing them again in the not to distant future <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I haven't been here is ages, but just delurking to say I had both my kids with Riverdale midwives and LOVED it. They are busy, though.<br><br>
1st one was an uneventful pregnancy and planned a home-birth but after eternity in labour, we went to the hospital where I has the whole nine yards - forcepts and vacuum and a c-section. They held my hand through the entire ordeal, even after I was transferred.<br><br>
The second I had GD, but the midwives coached me though that so I didn't end up being transfered. They would have done a homebirth even though it was a VBAC but I chickened out. Stupid girl. Oh well..<br><br>
Midwives rock!
 

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I had my daughter w/ Mary Fish of Community Midwives of Toronto which is at Spadina and Bloor. I didn't have healthcare because I was immigrating from the states. The only thing I had to pay for was my labwork and ultrasounds that were done by third party. CMT had some sort of co-op with another community centre worked out to cover people w/o OHIP.
 
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