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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

Date: September 27, 2023

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a national public holiday to honour the Indigenous survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, as well as the many children whose lives were lost at these notorious institutions. Declared in 2021, this national day of commemoration coincides with Orange Shirt Day and responds to Call 80 of the 94 Calls to Action intended to ensure the history of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Ontario midwives deliver essential paramedic training in childbirth emergencies

Date: September 14, 2023

Media release Toronto: Midwives are training paramedics across the province in childbirth emergencies to support safe out-of-hospital care for pregnant people when birth is imminent or urgent medical care is required prior to hospital transport. Midwives are the only regulated health-care professionals in Ontario who are specifically trained to attend births outside of the hospital, underscoring the invaluable role that midwives play in facilitating this subset of paramedic training.

The accomplishments of funding midwife-led research in Ontario

Date: June 28, 2023

Midwife-led research is crucial to expanding and improving midwifery practice for midwives, midwifery clients and their families. Since 2017, the AOM has provided access to funds for midwife-led research initiatives in Ontario through the AOM Midwifery Research Grant Program. Since launching the…

Decolonizing health care by engaging with the TRC Calls to Action

Date: June 21, 2023

June 21 is Indigenous People's Day. This is a time for First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities to come together and celebrate the diversity and profound beauty of their cultures. This is also a time for settler Canadians to reflect on their role in decolonizing the health-care systems in which th…

June is Pride Month

Date: May 31, 2023

Pride Month is a celebration to honour and support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. It’s a time to promote equality and visibility, as well as to recognize the historical and ongoing struggles faced by Two-Spirit, queer and trans people and communities. Pride commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, which too…

Retired midwife Nicole Roach, equity advocate, calls on midwives to support disability justice

Date: May 31, 2023

As a working midwife and former AOM Board member, Nicole was active in advocating to close the gender pay gap for midwives. Today, as a retired midwife living with a disability, Nicole has been advocating to end poverty for people living with disabilities. Nicole has been championing Bill C-22, a federal law that could reduce poverty and support the financial security of people with disabilities.

May 5 is Red Dress Day

Date: May 3, 2023

Red Dress Day is a day of honour, remembrance and national awareness for the thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people (MMIWG2S+). Stark images of red dresses hanging from trees or structures were used by Métis artist Jaime Black of the ReDress Project to symbolize the absence of those whose lives will not be forgotten.

Impact of government cuts to uninsured funding on clients in midwifery care

Date: March 29, 2023

An open letter to obstetrical colleagues written by Midwives Manavi Handa and Shezeen Suleman As you are likely aware, the provincial government announced on Friday they are cutting the funding program that has allowed a pathway for uninsured residents of our province to seek essential medical care and has allowed doctors a mechanism to bill for this care. The program is set to end on March 31, 2023, and this comes as very distressing news. As midwives who have worked for many years with uninsured clients, we are sharing some thoughts with you about the devastating impacts of these cuts to perinatal clients we serve. We are reaching out to you, our obstetrician colleagues, to highlight some of these impacts as we know you too serve these communities – the care you deliver will undoubtedly be impacted as well.

Remembering and honouring MMIWG2S

Date: February 14, 2023

February 14 marks the anniversary of the annual Women’s Memorial March (WMM), held in communities across Canada and the United States to remember and honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit persons (MMIWG2S). Led by Indigenous women, the march began when loved ones and su…