Low volume rural and remote birth services: What are policy makers and professional bodies doing to address the challenges of birth close to home?

August 21, 2019

Presenters: Vicki Van Wagner, RM



Event Type: Webinar

Midwives can and should be leaders in healthcare transformation in rural and remote communities. This webinar will report the findings of the PCMCH gap analysis of low volume centres and discuss the new SOGC guideline: Delivery of Optimal Maternity Care. Vicki will reflect on interprofessional challenges and opportunities in rural and remote communities, and the efforts of CAM, the Society of Rural Physicians and others to promote collaboration.


Speaker Information

Vicki Van Wagner, RM

Vicki was the founding director of Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program (MEP). As a faculty member since 1998, Vicki has played a leadership role in evolution of the MEP and the field of midwifery in Ontario.

Her major areas of research have focused on maternity care policy, and perceptions and best practices for natural birth. Vicki has a passion for improving the delivery of midwifery care in remote and Aboriginal communities. Over the course of more than a decade, she has spent extensive periods of time living, teaching and practicing midwifery in the Inuit community of Nunavik in Northern Quebec.

Vicki has consulted on various government initiatives across Canada to enhance maternal and midwifery care, including co-chairing the Ontario Maternity Care Expert Panel, Ontario Women’s Health Council from 2004-2006.

She holds a PhD in Gender Feminist and Women’s Studies from York University and a Master from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

In 2014, Vicki received a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Ontario Midwives. She is a practicing midwife and a founding member of the Midwives Collective of Toronto.