Media Releases

Ford government ordered by Human Rights Tribunal to end discrimination

Date: February 21, 2020

Media Advisory Midwives Elizabeth Brandeis and Liz Fraser, alongside human rights lawyer Mary Cornish, will present and respond to new orders from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to the Ford government. In Ontario, the Human Rights Code protects against discriminatory compensation pract…

Midwifery Investment an Important Step in Health Care Reform

Date: July 8, 2019

St Jacobs, ON – Today, Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced that the Ontario government will invest in improving access to midwifery care. The announcement includes additional funding to invest in the growth of midwifery.  With this funding, midwives will be able to provide care for …

Indigenous Midwifery Charts New Path for Healthy Beginnings at Summit

Date: February 8, 2019

Thunder Bay The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM), in collaboration with Chiefs of Ontario, Grand Council Treaty #3, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, and Indigenous Services Canada is hosting a summit to chart the path forward for Indigenous Midwifery.&nbs…

Landmark legal decision for midwives and pay equity

Date: September 25, 2018

Toronto – This week, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released a landmark decision in the Association of Ontario Midwives case against the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, finding in favour of midwives. The Tribunal ordered government to take steps to close the pay equity gap for midwives…

Midwives Launch Campaign to Promote Safety of Home Birth

Date: March 4, 2018

TORONTO – March 5, 2018 – The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) has launched a campaign to promote midwifery-attended home birth as a safe and responsible choice. "Midwives attend births at home, in hospital and in birth centres," says Elizabeth Brandeis, RM, president of the Association of Ont…

Midwives applaud process to expand scope of practice

Date: September 20, 2017

Toronto, ON -- Ontario midwives applaud today’s announcement by the provincial government to expand the midwifery scope of practice to better align with patient needs. This exciting new direction has the potential to improve midwives’ ability to provide comprehensive, high-quality, client-centred c…

Midwives Celebrate Liberal Announcement for Aboriginal Midwifery

Date: February 9, 2017

(FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, ON) – The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) celebrates the Liberal funding announced today to boost Aboriginal midwifery.

“As an Indigenous adoptee from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, I know first-hand the importance of the reclamation of Indigenous …

Home Birth in Ontario Safe, Expert Panel Confirms

Date: July 13, 2016

TORONTO, July 13, 2016 - A new guideline released by the Association of Ontario Midwives today confirms the safety of home birth and recommends it should be considered by all with low-risk pregnancies.

In developing the guideline, a panel reviewed Canadian evidence and found that mid…