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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Newborn Screening Evaluation Provides Opportunity for Improvement

Earlier this week, the Toronto Star published a series of articles, infographics and a video about Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO).

Ontario tests for 29 conditions – the most of any province in Canada. Despite leading in the number of conditions tested, the Toronto Star found areas that needed improvement: specifically that the NSO lab in Ottawa isn’t open on weekends to receive or test samples; and that there are sometimes delays in getting samples to the lab and in getting the samples tested in a timely manner.

Midwives are committed to providing the highest quality care to clients and newborns and are always looking at ways to improve care. Read more »

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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