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AOM negotiations with Ministry: Advocating to improve the lives of midwives and the midwifery sector

Date: November 16, 2022

November marked the beginning of the AOM’s inauguration of negotiations with the Ministry of Health (MOH), where the AOM represents Ontario’s over 1 000 registered and Indigenous midwives, providing care to over 26 000 Ontarians each year. The AOM's focus is advocating to improve the lives and working conditions of midwives and to strengthen the sector. Midwives are currently working under a three-year deal that expires on March 31, 2023.

Negotiations, solidarity with education workers and midwives

Date: November 9, 2022

Last Friday Nov 4 Ontarians witnessed something unprecedented – the provincial government’s use of the notwithstanding clause to suspend fundamental, Charter-protected rights for 55 000 education workers represented by CUPE through the passing of Bill 28. On Monday, following an impressive demonstration of solidarity between public and private sector unions, government announced it was rescinding Bill 28.

Making BORN data entry easier: Resources for midwives and improvements to the BIS

Date: October 19, 2022

Good quality midwifery research and advancements in midwifery funding, policy and practice all begin with good quality data entry. To improve the ease of data entry for midwives, the AOM struck the AOM-BORN Knowledge Translation Task Force (BORN KT TF), an advisory group of midwives with expertise …

Overturning Roe v. Wade an assault on fundamental human rights

Date: June 29, 2022

Calling on all governments to defend access to safe and quality abortion care, the Association of Ontario Midwives stands in solidarity with other health organizations from around the world who have signed a statement under the umbrella of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (…

GOAL! Achieving equal pay on the soccer field

Date: June 22, 2022

The AOM applauds the perseverance of United States Women's National Team Players Association pursuing and achieving gender justice in sport. After years of fighting for equal pay in professional soccer, the United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer), the United States Women's National Team Pl…

Midwives deliver - on World Refugee Day and every day

Date: June 15, 2022

Monday, June 20, is World Refugee Day, a date designated by the United Nations to honour the courage and strength of people who have fled their home country to escape persecution or conflict. The date presents an opportunity to foster empathy for the challenges faced by refugees around the world and to acknowledge the resilience required to rebuild their lives. In honour of World Refugee Day, five midwives who devote a significant amount of their time and work to providing supports and services to refugee populations in their communities share their stories.

Midwives keep winning in fight to close the pay gap

Date: June 13, 2022

Midwives have emerged winners once again, following another failed legal appeal initiated by the Ford government. Now the highest court in the province, the Ontario Court of Appeal, has also ruled unanimously in favour of midwives. Affirming the government of Ontario is responsible for systematically discriminating against midwives because their work is so deeply associated with women’s care work, the court upheld earlier court orders directing government to take concrete action to close the gender pay gap.