The Association of Ontario Midwives

The Association of Ontario Midwives
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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.

Provincial Election 2014

Provincial Election 2014

Get Involved!

We encourage midwives and supporters to engage with local candidates by raising questions at all-candidate debates, inviting candidates to clinics and speaking with candidates when they canvass local neighbourhoods. These are great opportunities to hear from various candidates and ask their position on health care and midwifery issues, as well as raise the profile of midwifery and of maternal-newborn health in your community. Check out our tip-sheet for more info about how to engage with candidates during this provincial election.

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Midwives are primary care providers

Midwives are primary care providers

Clients benefit from continuity of care

Midwives are primary care providers. As such, the AOM does not see it as appropriate to shift primary care to another caregiver when the ability to provide that care lies wholly within the scope of midwifery. Enabling midwives to maintain primary care enhances client safety, keeps birth normal, enhances continuity of care and maximizes efficient use of health-care resources. Read more about this in the latest issue of Ontario Midwife.

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Two New Birth Centres Now Open in Ontario

Two New Birth Centres Now Open in Ontario

Ottawa and Toronto birth centres ready for deliveries

As of February 3, 2014, birth centres located in Ottawa and Toronto are open for deliveries. The centres aim to have approximately 700 low-risk births per year (combined). The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is able to meet the needs of the Francophone community and the Toronto Birth Centre has a special focus on supporting Aboriginal families through pregnancy and birth. The two new centres join a birth centre located on Six Nations of the Grand River territory, which opened in 1996 and is available to Aboriginal women living on the Six Nations territory and outlying areas.

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Looking Closer President's Blog

Midwifery Care Helps Achieve Provincial Health Goals

Today, I had a home visit with a client whose baby is only a few days old and still learning how to  breastfeed. It is something that can take time and work, but at today’s appointment, I helped my client latch her baby, and helped this woman and child take their first steps in this journey together that will ultimately provide them both with great health benefits.

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