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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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When British anthropologist and author Sheila Kitzinger died earlier this month, tributes poured in from around the world. In an obituary published by the New York Times News Service, a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves (a non-profit group in the U.S. that offers information on women’s health and sexuality) was quoted as saying: “Sheila may be the most important individual in the whole field of childbirth reform.”
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