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Ontario Improving Access to Midwifery Care for Expectant Families

Province Reaches Agreement with Association of Ontario Midwives

July 6, 2017

Ontario is helping expectant families and their babies get better access to more integrated pregnancy and newborn care through a new services agreement with the Association of Ontario Midwives.

This three-year agreement beginning April 1, 2017, reinforces the government’s commitment to support more choices for low-risk maternity and newborn care by working collaboratively with the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) and other groups in the sector.

Through this agreement, Ontario is increasing health care options and access for expectant families and their babies by:

Midwifery services provide high-quality primary care and value for expectant families with low-risk births.
A midwife is a primary care provider who manages care from conception to six-weeks postpartum for both parent and newborn and who additionally has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for an expecting parent, but also for their family and community.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.


“This important investment demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to the contributions midwives make to families and our health care system, and will ensure that expectant families can continue to receive excellent outcomes when they choose midwifery care. This agreement with the Association of Ontario Midwives is a further step in our strong support of the midwifery sector.”
 
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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