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Self-determination is the key to improved outcomes in midwifery care within Toronto’s Indigenous community

“If our community asks for it, then I will do it.” This is commitment. The commitment Métis midwife Cheryllee Bourgeois has made to the Indigenous community. Indigenous midwives, up until the medicalization of birth in the 1950s, had been providing care to pregnant people and catching babies …

Reflecting on home birth in Ontario following Netflix release of _Pieces of a Woman_

The subject of out-of-hospital birth has garnered a fair share of attention in the past several months, with midwives in Ontario and across Canada reporting a marked increase in client interest in home birth amidst concerns over COVID-19. Today’s launch of the dramatic new Netflix drama _Pieces of a Woman_ has home birth in the spotlight again...

Midwifery data matters

Imagine you are investigating the rates of vaginal deliveries for midwifery clients in Ontario. As a midwife, you may be interested in comparing your own individual statistics to the midwifery provincial average. Or, you may be conducting research aimed at improving birth outcomes. The BORN Information System (BIS) would be an excellent place to begin your data collection. But only if the relevant data has been acknowledged.

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Ontario midwives practice in clinics in 100 communities across Ontario, from Attawapiskat to Windsor, Belleville to Kenora. Approximately 15% of all births in the province are attended by midwives. You don't need a referral from a doctor to have a midwife, and midwifery care is covered by the health-care system.

Contact a practice in your area to find out more information.

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