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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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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Remi Ejiwumni: Midwives took lead in midwifery infrastructure, gov. failed to ensure compensation

Mississauga midwife Remi Ejiwumni is very familiar with the obstacles that the midwifery profession has encountered over the past two decades. Ejiwumni provided evidence to the Human Rights Tribunal that during her term as AOM President (2001-20014) she requested that government provide increased compensation to midwives (who, by 2001, had had no change in compensation for seven years). However, government denied these requests, including a request for a basic cost-of-living adjustment.

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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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