Caring, gentle, mature and a great sense of humour – all of the qualities you could want in a midwife. It’s also how colleagues would describe former midwife Kathryn McBride, who passed away in late June after a long battle with brain cancer.Read more »
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.
Midwives are proud to provide care for LGBTTQ clients and their families. As they do with all clients, midwives approach discussions with LGBTTQ clients with empathy and open-mindedness. They avoid making assumptions about a client’s sexual identity based on appearance. They also make space for their clients to define whom they want involved in their care; recognizing that LGBTTQ families, like others, can have many configurations.Read more »
Today, health-care providers around the province will be taking to the streets in protest of the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care. Organized by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, the National Day of Action brings awareness to the undue hardship that refugees in Canada face when they are denied medical care.Read more »
Last night, my fellow midwives and I asked MPPs to support a paradigm shift in maternal and newborn care. One that sees midwives fully stepping into a role as the go-to health-care provider for women with healthy pregnancies. We believe all women deserve a midwife, and that some will need a doctor as well.Read more »
May 5th is internationally recognized as a day to celebrate and acknowledge the role of midwives both at home and around the world.
This year, I am celebrating International Day of the Midwife with my colleagues from across the province as we come together at the Association of Ontario Midwives’ Annual General Meeting and Conference in Toronto. The theme of this year’s conference is “Transforming Health.”
When I think about Ontario midwives and how much has changed since midwifery became a regulated health profession 20 years ago, I realize how apt this theme is. Though midwifery has been effectively integrated into our provincial health-care system, it continues to challenge and transform its norms.Read more »