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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Happy International Day of the Midwife!

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.

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Ontario midwives remember childbirth revolutionary Sheila Kitzinger

When British anthropologist and author Sheila Kitzinger died earlier this month, tributes poured in from around the world. In an obituary published by the New York Times News Service, a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves (a non-profit group in the U.S. that offers information on women’s health and sexuality) was quoted as saying: “Sheila may be the most important individual in the whole field of childbirth reform.”

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Budget announcement solidifies support for Aboriginal midwifery

Yesterday, the Ontario government released its budget, which included some very important news for midwifery in the province.  "Government support is essential to grow Aboriginal midwifery across the province," says Blais. "Including Aboriginal midwives directly in the budget papers shows this government is serious about the commitment they have made to fund Aboriginal midwifery."

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Ontario Equal Pay Day: Best Place For Women?

For the second year, the Ontario government officially recognizes Equal Pay Day – this year on April 20 – a day dedicated to shining a light on the persistent problem of pay inequities experienced by women in the province.

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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 »

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