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Valuing the work of midwife preceptors

Date: May 15, 2024

Registered midwife preceptors play a pivotal role in the clinical education of student midwives and are essential for growing the profession. Despite dramatic increases in cost of living, for almost 30 years the midwife preceptor stipend remained stagnant at only $500 per month and did not reflect …

Honouring midwives and upholding human rights this IDM

Date: May 1, 2024

May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife. In recognition of this day, the AOM would like to honour and acknowledge all midwives who uphold the rights and dignity of birthing people and newborns, especially those midwives living and working in crisis situations in areas such as Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Palestine, Yemen and Haiti.

Honouring Dr. Sylvia Maracle at the Ontario Midwifery Conference, May 28, 2024

Date: April 30, 2024

The AOM is honoured to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of Dr. Sylvia Maracle (Skonaganleh:ra), Wolf Clan, from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, whose pivotal role in the advancement of Indigenous midwifery in Ontario will be recognized at the Ontario Midwifery Conference (OMC) on May 28, 2024…

AOM Indigenous Midwifery team attends inaugural First Nations Community Wellness Conference 2024

Date: April 3, 2024

The AOM Indigenous Midwifery (IM) delegation had the honour of attending the inaugural First Nations Community Wellness Conference (FNCWC) in Toronto from March 19-21, 2024. The event, organized by the Chiefs of Ontario, served as a forum for over 750 participants with the united goal of improving community wellness among Ontario First Nations. The conference was a collaboration across sectors, including Ontario First Nations Leadership, First Nations community workers and government representatives from across Ontario.

AOM advocates for prescribing to scope of practice

Date: March 19, 2024

The AOM has joined a coalition of Ontario health professions, including nurse practitioners, pharmacists, naturopaths, chiropodists and optometrists, advocating for providers to prescribe to their scope of practice. The coalition aims to identify principles and a framework for prescribing authority…

ESW 2023 year in review

Date: February 20, 2024

Midwives are required to have specialized skills and training to deal with emergencies that occur outside the hospital and in the hospital setting. The AOM’s Emergency Skills Workshop (ESW) is a comprehensive, high-quality, College of Midwives of Ontario-certified course, designed and taught by mid…

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

Date: February 7, 2024

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.

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

Date: November 1, 2023

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…

Valuing midwives: Providing care to the most vulnerable

Date: October 25, 2023

This month, as part of the Valuing Midwives Campaign, midwife Simone Rosenberg met with her local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), Peter Tabuns. She and her midwife colleague Christie Lockhart also hosted Stephanie Bowman MPP at the Midwives Clinic of East York - Don Mills, introducing her to clients who spoke highly of their experiences with midwives at the practice group. These meetings gave Simone an opportunity to discuss the role midwives play in providing care, including to pregnant people without health insurance. Midwives Clinic of East York provides care to over 700 pregnant people and their families each year. Of those, about 10% are people without health insurance. The May 2023 Health Network for Uninsured Clients (HNUC) conservatively estimates there are currently upwards of 500 000 people living in Ontario without health insurance.

Ontarians recognize the value of midwives to clients, families and the health-care system

Date: October 10, 2023

In Ontario, midwives bring value to the health system. Last year, 26 000 families received midwifery care, accounting for 20% of all births in the province. Midwives bring value to the health system in many ways, including by providing care in the community, so hospital resources are available for those who need them most. But it’s not only the greater health system that benefits from midwifery. Clients and their families across Ontario deeply value midwifery care. The AOM spoke to clients from across the province to hear from them directly about what they value about midwifery.