Mississauga midwife Remi Ejiwumni is very familiar with the obstacles that the midwifery profession has encountered over the past two decades. Ejiwumni provided evidence to the Human Rights Tribunal that during her term as AOM President (2001-20014) she requested that government provide increased compensation to midwives (who, by 2001, had had no change in compensation for seven years). However, government denied these requests, including a request for a basic cost-of-living adjustment.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.
Ontario’s midwives have always put women first.
This is demonstrated in the model of care which grew, in large part, out of the feminist movement and which midwives in Ontario fought hard alongside women to build.
The HRTO has heard from Bridget Lynch's testimony that the kind of care midwives provide in Ontario is admired and respected around the world.Read more »
By treating midwives as independent contractors when compensation is being negotiated and as employees (the ministry restricts where midwives can practice and is the only means by which midwives can be paid), the ministry has found a convenient way to argue it has no responsibility for providing pay equity adjustments and has created a Catch-22 that leaves midwives facing burdens of being employees, without the protections.Read more »
Characterizing the payment of midwives’ insurance premiums as part of midwives’ compensation is a tactic the Ministry is using to avoid appropriately valuing midwifery work and to downplay the pay equity gap that exists in midwifery compensation.Read more »
Despite the incredibly intense education program and increased level of responsibility, government does not appropriately value or compensate midwifery work.
“This case is a good example of the ongoing struggle against myths, prejudices and misunderstandings about midwifery work and its value and position in the health care system.” said Van Wagner in her testimony.