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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.
Welcome to the spring 2015 issue of Ontario Midwife. Our goal for this issue was to showcase both midwives working in different phases of their midwifery careers and in different capacities within their career.
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Highlights in this issue include: a look at the unique rewards and challenges that come with being a new midwife and at the end of one’s career; the work of the Work Life Balance Task Force and the need for work-life balance when faced with health challenges; new roles for midwives, including lead roles at the Ottawa and Toronto birth centres and a midwife who is using her midwifery skills to provide care in new ways; and a roundtable discussion that gets perspective from midwives who have held leadership roles at the hospital, provincial and international levels.
This video is intended for midwifery clients who have suffered a postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). It was developed by the AOM’s Clinical Practice Guidelines program as part of a project funded by Women’s Xchange, a women’s health research and knowledge translation program based at Women’s College Hospital. Based on interviews with real midwifery clients, the video explores two families’ experiences with PPH and provides factual, evidence-based information about postpartum hemorrhage and midwifery care in Ontario.
Many midwifery clients who have experienced PPH report feeling isolated during the recovery period and wish they had a friend to talk to who had lived through a similar experience. If you have suffered a PPH and are feeling isolated, these stories may help you to feel a little less alone.
Click here for a print resource for families who have experienced PPH
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May 5th is internationally recognized as a day to celebrate and acknowledge the role of midwives both at home and around the world.
This year, I am celebrating International Day of the Midwife with my colleagues from across the province as we come together at the Association of Ontario Midwives’ Annual General Meeting and Conference in Toronto. The theme of this year’s conference is “Transforming Health.”
When I think about Ontario midwives and how much has changed since midwifery became a regulated health profession 20 years ago, I realize how apt this theme is. Though midwifery has been effectively integrated into our provincial health-care system, it continues to challenge and transform its norms.
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