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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.
Why is it important for midwives to conduct research? What is the state of midwifery research in Ontario today? We interviewed midwives about the role research plays in driving practice change, the projects they’re engaged in and the challenges they face as researchers. The highlights of this issue include: a round table discussion with midwife researchers at various stages of their careers; articles on research related to preventing adverse outcomes, provincial guidelines on hyperbilirubinemia, collaborative models of maternity care, and the health of Indigenous adults and children; an interview with Irish midwife, professor and researcher Cecily Begley; and tips for getting involved in research.
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Ontario midwives applaud the Canadian Paediatric Society’s (CPS) newly released position statement Preventing ophthalmia neonatorum, which addresses the prophylactic use of antibiotics in newborns. Ontario midwives have been advocating for evidence-based practice and the right to informed choice related to eye prophylaxis ... and continue to call for changes to the health legislation that currently makes this treatment mandatory and therefore does not enable midwives, and other care providers, to provide their clients with informed choice or parents to decline eye prophylaxis.
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