OTTAWA — Moms-to-be will soon have another option when it comes to where they deliver their baby.

Health Minister Deb Matthews announced Thursday, Ottawa will be one of two cities in the province getting a birthing centre. The other will be in Toronto.

The birthing centre will be run by midwives, and the experience will be similar to a home birth but with a midwife.

“You can expect to have more natural pain relief options – that’s a big focus – and the use of water during labour and birth,” said Genevieve Gagnon with East Ottawa Midwives.

The standards and equipment are the same as a home birth. “Some women might be restricted at home or they might not choose to feel comfortable at home. It’s really about providing options for women,” Gagnon said.

The birthing centre is expected to open this summer on Walkley Road