About Midwifery Care

Midwifery care in British Columbia is comprehensive maternity care, covered by your CareCard (your MSP).  Registered Midwives are primary care providers for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  We are experts in normal pregnancy and birth, and are skilled at breastfeeding support.

We provide care to families living in the North Okanagan: Vernon, Armstrong, Lake Country, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Falkland, etc.

We offer choice of birthplace – hospital birth at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and home birth.


  • How much does a midwife cost?
    • Registered Midwives in British Columbia are covered by Medical Services Plan (MSP). Therefore, if you have a CareCard, there is no cost to you.  If you do not have MSP, please contact us about private pay options.
  • I hear it is hard to get a midwife, since they fill up very quickly?
    • We do recommend you call early to arrange care.  However, it’s never too late to call – we may have an opening for you.
  • Where can I plan on birthing with a midwife?
    • We have hospital admission and discharge privileges at Vernon Jubilee. This means hospital birth is an option for all women in our care. Healthy, low-risk women have the choice of home or hospital birth.  There is no fee for homebirth and we bring all necessary medical supplies.
  • Do I need a referral?
    •   No. You can self refer to a midwife. You do not need a doctor’s referral.  You also do not need to see your doctor to “confirm” your pregnancy. Call us or fill out our Intake Form as soon as you have a positive at home pregnancy test !
  • Can I see both my family doctor and a midwife for my maternity care?
    • No.  Women must choose one primary care provider for their pregnancy.  Should concerns arise during your pregnancy or postpartum, we would refer you to the appropriate care provider for a consultation appointment.  The majority of women who require consultation with a physician remain in primary care with their midwife.  Around 6 weeks postpartum you will resume care with your family doctor
  • What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
    • Registered midwives are your primary medical care providers for your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. A doula provides non-medical support during these periods.   You would hire a doula privately.  We have attended many births with families who have hired doulas, and believe that they are an excellent part of your birthing team!