AOM Announces 2018 Midwifery Grant Recipients

March 13, 2018

The AOM is pleased to announce a successful second year of supporting midwife-led research initiatives in Ontario! This year three recipients in the mentored-level category and four recipients in the career-level category have been awarded with midwifery research grants. Each of these unique projects aims to optimize client experiences of midwifery care and to strengthen the role of midwifery in the community.

Career Midwifery Research Grants

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Nicole Bennett, RM, PhD candidate

Nicole is the Director of Ryerson University's Midwifery Education Program. Bennett and her team seek to understand how access to midwifery care in Ontario can be optimized for people with disabilities.

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Liz Darling, RM, PhD

Liz is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. Darling and her team will investigate how to improve prenatal care access for marginalized populations in Hamilton.

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Beth Murray-Davis, RM, PhD

Beth is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. By examining existing knowledge gaps, this research project aims to understand how midwifery care in Ontario can be improved for clients with diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

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Mary Sharpe, RM, PhD

Mary is an associate professor in the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. Sharpe's team is investigating an evidenced-based strategy to reduce GBS colonization through the use of oral probiotics.


Mentored Midwifery Research Grants

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Jen Goldberg, RM, MPH candidate

Jen is working towards her Master in Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto with mentorship from Dr. Lori Ross. With an intersectional lens developed through community-based research, this study aims to explore Ontario midwives' attitudes towards sexual and gender minority people, including bisexual, lesbian, queer, trans, non-binary, genderqueer and Two-Spirit folks.


Ali McCallum, RM, MSc and Jenna Robertson Bly, RM, MA

Ali (left) and Jenna (right) are both working as locums in the Mississauga area. Ali has recently completed a graduate degree in health care quality from Queen’s University and Jenna holds an MA in Educational Leadership from McGill University. Along with mentor Elizabeth Allemang, they will be conducting a mixed methods study investigating the experiences of midwives in Ontario with homophobia, focusing on the impact this has on midwives and on their ability to provide high quality client care.

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Angela Reitsma, RM, MSc

Angela is a midwife at Mountain Midwifery Care in Hamilton. She has a Master's of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and is a sessional instructor at McMaster University in the Midwifery Education Program. Reitsma will be using the awarded funding to complete a systematic review of birth outcomes associated with planned home compared with planned hospital birth and will be mentored by Dr. Eileen Hutton.