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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Women across Ontario speak out for birth centres

During the past weeks, I have been overwhelmed by how women across Ontario have shown their support for birth centres. We have heard from women in every corner of the province -- from Niagara Falls to North Bay and Sarnia to Sioux Lookout – and they have shared with us the reasons why having a birth centre would make a difference to themselves and their community.

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Making the case for birth centres

Midwifery-led birth centres are an innovative solution to improve care and cut costs. In this video, AOM President Katrina Kilroy makes the case for bringing them to Ontario.

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Premier McGuinty should make Birth Centres part of “health care renewal”

During the November 22 Speech from the Throne, Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke about the importance of finding innovative solutions to Ontario’s health-care challenges, and committed itself “wholeheartedly to the exciting task of renewing and reforming health care for the benefit of our generation and future generations.”

Ontario’s midwives couldn’t agree more. Investing in birth centres in Ontario will continue to support midwives in providing excellent, cost-effective primary care to women and their families.

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A campaign to be proud of

Congratulations to Dalton McGuinty and the Liberal party on earning a third term in Ontario. It was a very closely fought campaign, with polls showing a statistical tie with the Conservatives until almost the very end. Midwives in the province look forward to continuing to foster our relationship with the Liberals.

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Midwives and the provincial election

On June 1, I stood in front of a crowd, of hundreds of midwifery supporters, at Queen’s Park at a rally in support of pay equity. I spoke about the historical context for pay equity – that a conscious attempt was made by the NDP government in 1994 to ensure a woman-dominated profession would not be under-valued.

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