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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Be Engaged, Make Change

 



For more than half of my career as a midwife, I’ve been part of the AOM Board of Directors. Over the last eight years, I’ve moved from Member at Large to Vice-President and now President. Being part of the board has been a valuable learning experience and a rewarding journey.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting midwives from across the province and learning about the variety of challenges we face, the ways we are working to bring about change in our communities, and the role the AOM plays in supporting midwives and advocating for positive system-level changes. I do this work because I believe that midwives and midwifery make the world a better place.

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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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