News from Across Canada

Ontario Promotes Home Birth

During the month of March, the AOM ran a campaign to promote midwifery-attended home birth as a birth place option for Ontario families. The campaign used a mix of radio and digital ads to raise awareness and education about home birth, espe-cially for those who may have never considered it before. Although the number of Ontarians who use the services of a midwife is growing every year (approximately 17% of all Ontario births in 2018 will be attended by a midwife), not everyone is aware of all their birth place options. The campaign also ad-dressed misconceptions about home birth with a midwife.

Nove Scotia Gets Three More Midwives

In February, the Nova Scotia Health Authority announced the creation of three new, full-time permanent midwifery positions, one in each of the regions, in order to support midwifery services and make them more sustainable. New positions in Bridgewater, Antigonish and Halifax, should be filled shortly, bringing the total number midwifery positions in Nova Scotia to 12.

New Brunswick Midwives Get a New Home

Although New Brunswick officially opened the Fredericton Midwifery Centre on April 5, midwives Melissa Langlais, Kate Leblanc and Ashley Kaye started receiving clients there on March 19. The Centre boasts three clinic rooms, a large community room, and a large kitchen. Clients and midwives enjoy the relaxed and spacious atmosphere as well as the free parking.

Quebec Midwives Conclude Contract Negotiations

At a special assembly held on April 11, 2018, the members of the Regroupement les Sages-femmes du Quebec adopted an agree-ment in principle that had been reached in March. The agreement gives Quebec midwives some significant gains, including a salary increase, an enhanced on-call fee, funds to improve efficiency of administrative tasks carried out by midwives and the association, renewal of the Midwife Coordinators’ bonus, in-crease in the number of professional days, and a lump sum for the RSFQ to support professional development. The agreement also provides a means to contextualize administrative statistics shared with health authorities. Finally, Quebec midwives will participate on a consultation committee to evaluate and analyze a redesign of the way they are paid.

The agreement ends a lengthy process that began in March 2015. Once signed, it will be in force until March 31, 2020.