The Association of Ontario Midwives

The Association of Ontario Midwives

AOM Blog

The AOM blog is updated periodically with columns about current health care issues, the benefits of midwifery, and insights into improving maternal and newborn care in Ontario. Posts may be from midwives or staff of the association. Lisa M. Weston, RM, is the current president of the Association of Ontario Midwives. Entries prior to May 16, 2012 were written by then-president Katrina Kilroy, RM.

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Ontario Midwives Support Choice With Eye Prophylaxis

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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Midwives Support Evidence Based Medicine

Midwives embrace evidence-informed medicine. We stay current with research to support best practice and also develop clinical practice guidelines. We always encourage clients to weigh the evidence so that they can make informed decisions about their health and the health of their families.

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Supporting midwives in their first five years

You might be surprised to learn that 47% of midwives in Ontario are in their first five years of practice. Though the work of being a midwife is incredibly fulfilling, it also has its challenges. And for this group of newer midwives in particular, it may sometimes feel like they have to face those challenges and address those hurdles alone. Though these obstacles may seem overwhelming, the new year provides us with a fresh start to tackle issues head on and make resolutions for change we’d like to see in our lives. I know that, as an association, the AOM is always looking to better serve our members and ensure the voices of all members are heard.

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Midwives ratify contract – signal desire to collaborate on a vision for maternal and newborn health

On November 17, 2014 I had the opportunity to meet with Health Minister Eric Hoskins. We discussed contract issues for the profession as well as improving access to care – so that every pregnant woman can access midwifery care.

Shortly after this meeting, the Ministry of Health tabled a one-year contract offer for the current 2014 –15 fiscal year. Midwives voted on the offer and ratified the contract on December 23, 2014.

The contract makes two important gains that will improve access to care for women and their families. The offer includes funding for women who are uninsured, and in midwifery care, to access funds for tests, ultrasounds and, if needed, consultation or referral to a physician. The offer also includes a commitment to fund Aboriginal Midwives providing midwifery care in their communities.

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