Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017



Diane Parkin

Diane Parkin is one of Ontario’s first registered midwives. With three other midwives, she started the first midwifery clinic in Ottawa and was acting head midwife at the Ottawa Hospital from 2006 to 2010.

Diane was involved in the AOM prior to regulation. In 1991, she was the Eastern Regional representative and was involved in community outreach initiatives. From 1995-1998, she was a member of the Complaints and Hearing Committee, a committee which would eventually morph into the work of the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Diane has done significant work for the CMO around fitness to practice, client relations and discipline. From 1995 to 1998, she worked with the Client Relations Committee, helping to develop the Sexual Abuse Prevention Manual. She served as an elected professional member from 2003 to 2009 and was a member of the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2009.

Diane has also contributed to research and was a collaborating midwife in Eileen Hutton’s early ECV study, participated in the Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southwestern Ontario. She was very involved in the committee work that lead to the 2002 clinical practice guideline Preterm Birth: Making a Difference.

Diane was a preceptor for the MEP from 1996 to 2016. A former student said of Diane: “Her unwavering belief in normal birth allowed me to have confidence in supporting women and their families in their choices around birth. Diane’s belief that women’s bodies and the birth process is inherently normal (and dare I say perfect), informs my practice to this day and impacts how I precept my students.”