The Association of Ontario Midwives

The Association of Ontario Midwives
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Welcome to Ontario Midwives

Midwives are experts in normal pregnancy, birth and newborn care. Ontario midwives are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care so services are free to clients. Give birth at a hospital or at home and receive safe, skilled care from your midwife.

Midwives are primary care providers

Midwives are primary care providers

Clients benefit from continuity of care

Midwives are primary care providers. As such, the AOM does not see it as appropriate to shift primary care to another caregiver when the ability to provide that care lies wholly within the scope of midwifery. Enabling midwives to maintain primary care enhances client safety, keeps birth normal, enhances continuity of care and maximizes efficient use of health-care resources. Read more about this in the latest issue of Ontario Midwife.

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Midwives and Interprofessional Collaboration

Midwives and Interprofessional Collaboration

Throughout the province, midwives collaborate across disciplines, strengthening maternal and newborn care.

Midwives interact with a wide variety of health care workers and social services workers on a daily basis in order to provide optimal care for clients. This interprofessional collaboration leads to myriad benefits for clients, the professionals involved and Ontario’s health care system as a whole. Read more about this and other stories of interprofessional collaboration in the latest issue of Ontario Midwife.

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Two New Birth Centres Now Open in Ontario

Two New Birth Centres Now Open in Ontario

Ottawa and Toronto birth centres ready for deliveries

As of February 3, 2014, birth centres located in Ottawa and Toronto are open for deliveries. The centres aim to have approximately 700 low-risk births per year (combined). The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is able to meet the needs of the Francophone community and the Toronto Birth Centre has a special focus on supporting Aboriginal families through pregnancy and birth. The two new centres join a birth centre located on Six Nations of the Grand River territory, which opened in 1996 and is available to Aboriginal women living on the Six Nations territory and outlying areas.

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Looking Closer President's Blog

The importance of maintaining primary care

Because research shows strong benefits, the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) supports midwives in maintaining primary care for clients who access induction, augmentation or epidural. As primary care providers who are key to the provision of maternity care in this province, midwives should be enabled to work to the scope of practice outlined in The Midwifery Act and by the College of Midwives of Ontario.

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