Date: February 3, 2021
We recognize February as Black History Month, both as an important national action towards reparations for historic and ongoing racial injustice, erasure and oppression, and also to pay homage to Black excellence and contributions over the centuries. Yet it is even more imperative that such ac…
Self-determination is the key to improved outcomes in midwifery care within Toronto’s Indigenous community
Date: January 29, 2021
“If our community asks for it, then I will do it.” This is commitment. The commitment Métis midwife Cheryllee Bourgeois has made to the Indigenous community. Indigenous midwives, up until the medicalization of birth in the 1950s, had been providing care to pregnant people and catching babies …
Date: January 7, 2021
The subject of out-of-hospital birth has garnered a fair share of attention in the past several months, with midwives in Ontario and across Canada reporting a marked increase in client interest in home birth amidst concerns over COVID-19. Today’s launch of the dramatic new Netflix drama _Pieces of a Woman_ has home birth in the spotlight again...
Date: January 5, 2021
Imagine you are investigating the rates of vaginal deliveries for midwifery clients in Ontario. As a midwife, you may be interested in comparing your own individual statistics to the midwifery provincial average. Or, you may be conducting research aimed at improving birth outcomes. The BORN Information System (BIS) would be an excellent place to begin your data collection. But only if the relevant data has been acknowledged.
Date: November 4, 2020
Our January 2019 – June 2020 Report summarizes milestones and achievements of the Association of Ontario Midwives over an 18-month period. Read it here. (PDF, 2.9 MB)
Date: October 20, 2020
*Image courtesy of Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) Elder Dorothy Wynne recently passed into the spirit world. We humbly share this post in honour of her life and her tireless work on behalf of Indigenous people, including midwives, within this province. This piece was or…
Date: October 6, 2020
Since 2009, the AOM has developed Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) to translate scientific research on pregnancy, birth and early infant health into clinical recommendations for midwives. CPGs are a key way to facilitate evidence-based practice and aim to improve the quality and safety of midwif…
Date: September 2, 2020
Erica Elderhorst BHSc, MSc, RM, is a Registered Midwife in Southern Ontario. She began practicing midwifery in 2016 after graduating from the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) at McMaster University. She is a fellow at the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre and has just completed her MS…
Date: June 23, 2020
Christine Roy, a French midwife with Abenaki roots, heads up Neepeeshowan Midwives. The practice is the only one on the James Bay coast in Attawapiskat, a little over 1200 kilometres north of the city of Toronto. If you Google the directions to Attawapiskat on your smartphone, the app will indicate that there is no way to get there. Of course, there is. The journey will take planes, trains and automobiles. It is a definite challenge to live in the north, as well as to run a midwifery practice in the remote fly-in community.
Date: June 16, 2020
Karline Wilson-Mitchell, DNP, MSN, CNM, RM, RN, is the Director of the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) at Ryerson University. Jacqueline St Bernard Hitz, RM, Communications Officer at the AOM, reached out to Karline for her take on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the MEP.