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Black History Month: Uniting in solidarity to confront injustice and inequity

As we honour Black History Month, it is imperative to reflect on the current state of society and midwifery's role in advancing racial justice and human rights. Recent events have highlighted a dangerous regression in our collective efforts to combat anti-Black racism and promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, particularly in workplaces and educational institutions. We are witnessing challenges to DEI initiatives, with some labeling them as discriminatory. Black people rising to success continue to face extraordinary tests and attempts to shame them.

Ministry of Health urges Ontario Public Hospitals to enhance integration

The Ministry of Health has issued a letter to the CEOs and Presidents of Ontario public hospitals urging them to review their organizations' practices for privileging midwives and enhancing midwifery integration and optimization. In the letter, Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Catherine Zahn notes that midwives experience barriers to delivering care within their scope of practice and recommends that hospitals consult the Ontario Hospital Association for best practices integrating midwives.

A successful morning at Queen's Park: MPPs and midwives connect over breakfast

Pictured above: Midwives Elizabeth Brandeis and Manavi Handa use a doll to demonstrate to MPP Chris Glover how midwives weigh babies at routine postpartum visits at the Queen's Park event on October 26. On Oct. 26, 2023 the AOM hosted a breakfast event at Queen’s Park, bringing together Member…

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