Midwife-Led Birth Centre Opens in Toronto‏

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Midwife-Led Birth Centre Opens in Toronto

January 22, 2014

Ontario Offering More Childbirth Options for Expecting Mothers

Women in Toronto now have more choices when deciding where to give birth with the opening of the Toronto Birth Centre.

The new birth centre is a regulated health facility that offers women a safe, home-like setting where they can give birth attended by midwives and surrounded by their family.  The Toronto Birth Centre will provide services for up to 450 births a year, helping to free up hospital beds to focus on high-risk births.

The centre will offer a broad range of services, including:


  • prenatal classes
  • labour, birth, and early postpartum care
  • complementary services such as breastfeeding support, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling
  • referrals for extra support for pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding and parenting


Giving expecting mothers and their families more choice for healthy deliveries closer to home is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, providing the right care, at the right time and in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


  • The Toronto Birth Centre is led by the Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and is located at 525 Dundas St. East.
  • There are over 660 registered midwives in Ontario.
  • Midwifery care leads to fewer medical and surgical interventions, benefitting mothers and babies and providing better value to the health care system.
  • About 142,000 babies are born in Ontario every year and up to 22,000 are delivered by midwives – up from 8,000 in 2003.
  • Birth centres play an important role in health systems around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
  • Ontario is investing about $1.3 million annually to operate the Toronto Birth Centre.




“We want pregnant mothers to have access to the maternity care that makes the most sense for them. Midwife-led birth centres are a proven, safe and cost-effective alternative to hospital deliveries and meets the goals of our Action Plan for Health Care by offering more services in the community, and closer to home.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The opening of the Toronto Birth Centre is another way our government is making health care more accessible. This announcement will benefit 450 moms and their babies annually. Mothers now have more choices when it comes to giving birth.”
— Glen Murray, MPP, Toronto Centre
“We are thrilled to offer women and their families a high quality alternative for healthy deliveries. The Toronto Birth Centre will make it possible for more midwives to work in our community and allow for more accessible care to vulnerable populations. The wide range of services offered by the Toronto Birth Centre will help mothers give their newborns the best possible start in life.”
— Sara Wolfe, Registered Midwife, Toronto Birth Centre


David Jensen
Communications and Marketing Division

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