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. 

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Midwife’s hearing loss brings new insights and opportunities

The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated annually on December 3. The AOM would like to honour the resilience of all those who are living with disabilities by sharing the story of Ontario midwife Mhairi Colgate who has found that working with a disability has given her new perspectives on the care she provides and opened new doors to helping others.

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Elizabeth Brandeis: Government increases midwives’ responsibility, refuses to implement pay equity



In 2012, as the AOM’s Vice President, Brandeis became actively involved in government relations and funding negotiations with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. While the Ministry praised the work of midwives and the role they play in the health-care system, the Ministry insisted that it didn’t have the money to increase midwives’ compensation.

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Katrina Kilroy: ON benefits from midwifery, but women who do this work aren’t compensated equitably

Midwife Katrina Kilroy (who was Vice President of the AOM from 2005 to 2007, President Elect from 2007 to 2008 and President from 2008 to 2012), has spent the majority of the past 25 years being on call 24/7 for her clients. While Kilroy has accepted the demands and sacrifices that are part and parcel of being a midwife, she doesn’t believe that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) understands, values or equitably compensates midwives for the work they do.

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Elana Johnson: Decades of interaction with gov resulted in platitudes but not equitable compensation

In her witness testimony presented to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, AOM Past-President Elana Johnson (who served from 1988-89 and 2004-08) recalls many interactions in which Ministry of Health officials praise the value that midwifery brings to the health-care system, but did nothing to ensure the valuing of the midwifery work was free from gender bias.

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