Welcome to Ontario Midwives
Midwives are experts in normal pregnancy, birth and newborn care. Ontario midwives are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care so services are free to clients. Give birth at a hospital or at home and receive safe, skilled care from your midwife.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of regulated and publicly funded midwifery care in Ontario. During the AOM’s annual conference in May, we recognized the pre-regulation midwives and supporters who paved the way for regulation, as well as the Indigenous nations and Aboriginal midwives who are bringing birth back to their communities. This issue of Ontario Midwife features highlights from the conference including: the winners of the AOM’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement and Hospital Integration awards; an interview with Aboriginal midwife, women’s health advocate and researcher Katsi Cook; and one midwife’s reflections on a year of locum replacements.
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We need vision and leadership from government to leverage midwives in order to grow midwifery and strengthen Ontario’s maternity care system. However, at a time when there are new midwives ready to enter midwifery, practice groups are being prevented from integrating new midwives into their practices because contract negotiations with government have broken off. Today, join us in reaching out to Premier Wynne and Health Minister Hoskins to ask them to dream with us! Ask them to leverage midwives and midwifery care to achieve health-care transformation.
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