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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The importance of maintaining primary care

Because research shows strong benefits, the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) supports midwives in maintaining primary care for clients who access induction, augmentation or epidural. As primary care providers who are key to the provision of maternity care in this province, midwives should be enabled to work to the scope of practice outlined in The Midwifery Act and by the College of Midwives of Ontario.

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Midwives are key drivers of interprofessional collaboration

As a practicing midwife, my work intersects with other health care professionals often. Midwives interact with a wide variety of health care workers and social services workers on a daily basis in order to provide optimal care for clients. From hospital rounds to provincial maternal care committees to work in the community, midwives consult with, learn from and teach other providers. This interprofessional collaboration leads to myriad benefits for clients, the professionals involved and Ontario’s health care system as a whole.

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Inquiry needed into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

The AOM is adding our voice in a call to demand a national inquiry into violence against Aboriginal women. This human rights crisis involving hundreds of Aboriginal women must be addressed. NWAC has documented over 582 occurrences of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, but says that many more cases have not been documented. And the crisis continues - every month more Indigenous grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters experience violence.

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What if the headlines read: “Midwives fairly valued for their work”

On November 27, the Association of Ontario Midwives filed an Application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario asking the Tribunal to ensure government complies with its obligation to ensure pay equity for midwives. We needed to take this step because as midwives, we have lived with a gender penalty on our pay for nearly 20 years.

Like any person or group speaking up against discrimination, we did not take this step lightly.

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Midwives Sue Government Over Labour Pains

Today, the Association of Ontario Midwives filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario over the government’s refusal to comply with pay equity for Ontario’s midwives.

Midwives are suing the government under Human Rights legislation to protect pay equity for midwives and to ensure midwives are no longer subjected to a gender penalty.

Pay equity is a human right protected by law and a value Canadians hold dear. This protection is necessary for traditionally female-dominated professions like midwifery which face historic and systemic discrimination.
 

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