AOM Midwifery Awards

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The AOM Midwifery Awards recognize individuals and organizations that promote excellence in midwifery practice and research; have made significant contributions to the midwifery profession, as well as quality perinatal and newborn care; and support the integration of midwifery into Ontario's health-care system.

The AOM Midwifery Awards program is currently on hold for review

The Awards Task Force will be doing a thorough review of the AOM Midwifery Awards program to ensure equity in our awards processes by employing a decolonized, equity-centered approach to evaluating and recognizing achievements and contributions in midwifery. As a result, the awards program will be put on hold, and no AOM awards will be given out in 2022, with the exception of the HIROC Just Culture and Patient Safety Award.

For information about each individual award, including nomination criteria, please click on the award names below.

If you have questions about the AOM Midwifery Awards please contact Diana MacNab.

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

​​​Elsie Cressman Award

Midwifery and Toronto Community Health (MATCH) Program.

The MATCH Program provides access to high quality, perinatal, reproductive and sexual health care for all people, regardless of OHIP status, at South Riverdale Community Health Centre. Launched during the fall of 2018, MATCH prioritizes care for people who sometimes face barriers in accessing midwifery care that meets their needs. MATCH serves vulnerable communities such as new immigrants to Canada, visible minorities or people of colour, Ontario residents without OHIP insurance, people who are using drugs, people with low income, queer and trans folks, young or single parents and people who are homeless or under-housed.

The HIROC Just Culture and Patient Safety Culture Award​​​​

​​​​Maha Maryam (XU), Anonymous (Laurentian/McMaster)

This award was established with the generous support of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), the insurer for Ontario midwives. It recognizes the commitment to “just culture” and “patient safety culture” by students who identify as Indigenous, Black or racialized, and is awarded to three students every year.



Excellence in Midwifery Research Award

Cristina Mattison, John Lavis, Michael Wilson, Eileen Hutton and Michelle Dion

Midwives’ roles in sexual and reproductive health and rights continue to evolve. Understanding the profession’s role and how midwives can be integrated into health systems is essential in creating evidence-informed policies. This research aims to develop a theoretical framework of how political system factors and health systems arrangements influence the roles of midwives within the health system.

Article: A critical interpretive synthesis of the roles of midwives in health systemsHealth Res Policy Sys 18, 77 (2020)

​​​​​Media Award

Matt Galloway, Lindsay Rempel and Rachel Levy-McLaughlin

Matt Galloway talks to Ontario midwife Remi Ejiwunmi and Lehe Spiegelman, president of the Midwives Association of B.C., covering a wide range of topics relevant to midwives working through the COVID-19 pandemic. The segment opens with an audio-diary depiction of “a day in the life” of Ejiwunmi, providing a unique glimpse into a typical but busy workday for a midwife on call.

Segment: Midwives warn of little support, burnout due to pandemic. (The Current, CBC Radio; Dec. 17, 2020)

​​​​​Hospital Integration Award

Sault Area Hospital

Sault Area Hospital was the first hospital in Canada to utilize midwives as first surgical assists in caesarean section births, and continues to support the growth and integration of midwifery. Midwives are recognized as leaders and experts in physiologic birth, serving in the role of Chief of Obstetrics and practicing at their fullest scope as valued members of the obstetrical care team. Interprofessional collaboration and midwife integration has only been strengthened through the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Click here to see a list of previous winners.