Midwives welcome provincial maternity strategy

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The Association of Ontario Midwives applauds
the Liberal Government's announcement to invest in revitalizing and improving
maternal and child health in Ontario. Katrina Kilroy, AOM President, attended
the announcement at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto this morning.
    "Midwives are pleased to see a revitalized health care strategy for
mothers and their babies that includes a focus on delivering the best care, as
close to home as possible," says Kilroy. "Ontario midwives are a key part of
that strategy, attending about 11,000 births in the province last year, of
which approximately 3,000 were planned home births."
    Today's strategic announcement follows a 2007 investment in midwifery
specifically. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funded an expansion to
midwifery training, and funding is also earmarked for when those additional
university graduates are practicing in 2012 and beyond. The Ministry of Health
funds midwives, and care is free to clients.
    "Midwives specialize in normal birth," says Kilroy. "We're glad to see
the provincial government embrace a strategy that will increase the number of
women who can access midwifery care, as well as planning for families who need
other, more specialized services."
    There are 435 Registered Midwives in Ontario, serving communities in
72 clinics across the province. Midwives have privileges at 70 Ontario
hospitals. Midwives have been regulated by the province since 1994.

    A midwife is a registered health care professional who provides primary
care to low-risk women throughout their pregnancy, labour and birth and
provides care to both mother and baby during the first six weeks following the
birth. The Association of Ontario Midwives is the professional body
representing midwives and the practice of midwifery in Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Joanna Zuk, Senior Communications Officer,
Association of Ontario Midwives, (416) 425-9974 ext. 2261, comms@aom.on.ca,

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