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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Bridget Lynch: Putting Women First

Ontario’s midwives have always put women first.

This is demonstrated in the model of care which grew, in large part, out of the feminist movement and which midwives in Ontario fought hard alongside women to build.

The HRTO has heard from Bridget Lynch's testimony that the kind of care midwives provide in Ontario is admired and respected around the world.

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Carol Cameron: Funding, attrition and preserving the model of care

By treating midwives as independent contractors when compensation is being negotiated and as employees (the ministry restricts where midwives can practice and is the only means by which midwives can be paid), the ministry has found a convenient way to argue it has no responsibility for providing pay equity adjustments and has created a Catch-22 that leaves midwives facing burdens of being employees, without the protections.

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Vicki Van Wagner: prejudices regarding midwifery education continue

Despite the incredibly intense education program and increased level of responsibility, government does not appropriately value or compensate midwifery work.



“This case is a good example of the ongoing struggle against myths, prejudices and misunderstandings about midwifery work and its value and position in the health care system.” said Van Wagner in her testimony.

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AOM witness Jane Kilthei - history of sexist prejudice and stereotypes plagues midwifery

Jane Kilthei, a former registered midwife who practiced in Ontario pre- and post-regulation and was the president of the AOM from 1992 – 1994, testified at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) on Wednesday and Thursday. Kilthei was instrumental in providing input into the government’s regulatory and funding framework for midwifery. Today Kilthei provided evidence to the HRTO highlighting the historical sexist prejudice and stereotyping that was experienced by both midwives and women in midwifery care, in the male-dominated medical approach to pregnancy and birth which prevailed in the 1980's and early 1990's when midwives were finally brought into the funded health-care system.

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