What’s a midwife?

Registered Midwives in BC are autonomous primary maternity care providers, who care for healthy pregnant women, “catch babies,” and provide personalized postpartum care and breastfeeding support.

Midwives are experts in healthy pregnancy and birth, and Midwifery Care is covered by your BC Care Card.

Midwives listen, observe, educate, guide and care. They order and interpret tests and share and discuss results.  They screen for physical, psychological, emotional and social health. They attend women during labour, and birth: normal and complicated. Midwives visit you at your home after your baby is born. They help with breastfeeding and adjusting to life with a new baby for a full six weeks after the baby arrives.

Midwives work together and with obstetricians, paediatricians, family physicians and nurses. They offer evidence-based, woman-centred maternity and newborn care, and have been an established part of the BC Health Care system for over 20 years.

In 2018, the Matraea Centre’s midwives provided maternity care to over 65% of women and families in the Cowichan Valley!

Contact the Centre for more information or to book an appointment today.

How do I receive midwifery care?

The first step is to contact Matraea Midwives and set up an appointment. From there you and your midwife will discuss how the midwifery model of care can serve you throughout your childbearing year. Call 250 746 1999 to set up your first appointment today!


Contact Us

250 746 1999

170 Craig Street
Duncan, BC, V9L 1V9


Mondays 8:30am-5pm
Tuesdays 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesdays - Fridays 8:30am-5pm
Saturdays & Sundays by appointment

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Ask Jane the MidWife!

The journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is full of the unexpected and leaves many families with questions — and no question is off limits! Fill in the form below with your questions and follow us on Facebook to see Jane’s responses! Each Monday we will post Jane’s answer on Facebook with the question of the week (anonymously asked).

*If you are a client of the Matraea Midwives or looking for a midwife to care for you in the Cowichan Valley please contact the office directly at 250 746 1999.

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