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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Midwifery Care Helps Achieve Provincial Health Goals

Today, I had a home visit with a client whose baby is only a few days old and still learning how to  breastfeed. It is something that can take time and work, but at today’s appointment, I helped my client latch her baby, and helped this woman and child take their first steps in this journey together that will ultimately provide them both with great health benefits.

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Passion and Perseverance

Happy International Day of the Midwife! I feel so proud and in awe of both the work midwives do and the number of people we have touched. And I am deeply grateful for those who worked relentlessly for decades to make midwifery what it is today. Together, we have transformed maternal and newborn care in this province.

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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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