Note: This article was originally posted in our August 2017 newsletter, and has not been updated.
Dear midwives, stakeholders, and members of the public,
As the newly elected Council President of the College of Midwives of Ontario, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, and to share some information about an important consultation that we’ve started at the College.
In addition to serving as your Council President, I’m also a practising midwife. After moving to Uxbridge in 2006, I founded Uxbridge Community Midwives. I am proud to work with organizations that promote the education and training of future generations of midwives to ensure that midwifery is safe and accessible, and I bring my dedication to safe and excellent midwifery care in the public interest into this new role.
At our June 28th meeting, Council approved a plan to streamline our standards. We’re planning to accomplish this is through simplifying, and reducing the number of our standards of practice, and moving to a more principles-based approach to developing our standards. We’ve now started our first public consultation on our Professional Standards. You can read more about our plan here.
As a practising midwife, I know that these proposed changes will impact the way that I practise, and I’m encouraging all midwives to take a few minutes and give your feedback. We’ve also prepared a survey for midwives to fill out which you can access by clicking here. Your feedback is critical, and we will give you another opportunity to share your comments later this fall. This first round of consultation has been extended to September 1st.
While midwives may find themselves the most affected by these changes on a day-to-day basis, we are also asking stakeholders and members of the public to share their feedback. To find out how to give your feedback click here.
College of Midwives of Ontario