Pelvic Floor Workshop
This ever-popular workshop was offered in Toronto and Kingston in 2017, reaching capacity for both sessions. The interactive, all-day event covers pelvic floor anatomy, suturing techniques with a variety of needles, understanding high vs. low pelvic tone and more!
Business Practice and Healthy Practice Culture
Barrie saw the refined Business Practice 201 event, while Markham welcomed the highly demanded Healthy Practice Culture.
Business Practice 201 covers a range of topics including MPG management, working with the TPA, human resources and managing practice finances. The day includes presentations by midwife experts, as well as an HR consultant and accountant. Practice Culture teaches participants how to create a healthy work environment by working through examples in communication, onboarding practices, conflict, and decision-making.
Induction of Labour
Both Hamilton and Toronto saw midwives learning more about the induction and augmentation of labour. This workshop is an engaging, all-day session that provides greater understanding and valuable insight into induction and augmentation. The day includes presentations from experts such as Bruce Wainman, Associate Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and is packed with hands-on instruction and practice of Foley catheter insertion.
Breech Birth Workshop
UK midwife Shawn Walker, RM, PhD, hosted a two-day workshop in Toronto for Ontario midwives.Over 40 members were able to practice and refine their breech birth skills through videos, presentations and hands-on practice.
In the summer of 2017, a new Indigenous Midwifery department was established in response to the strategic plan. Two new staff, a Policy Analyst and a Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, were hired that fall. The AOM has also established the Indigenous Midwifery Advisory Circle to advise the Indigenous Midwifery team on their ongoing work.
International Confederation of Midwives: The World's Midwives in Toronto
The 31st Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) took place in Toronto, Canada from June 18-22. 4200 midwives, partners, stakeholders in midwifery, and civil society organizations attended the congress, which was a lightning rod for education, information-sharing, networking and strategizing of the future role of midwives in the sexual, reproductive, perinatal and newborn health space. The congress is the leading international forum for midwifery with the aim of achieving progress in the care of pregnant women and people, mothers and parents, newborns and their families. A rich selection of experts in the field of midwifery and global health presented during the congress. They included His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, ICM Goodwill Ambassador and founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, the Honourable, Jane Philpott, Minister of Health for Canada, Dr Natalia Kanem, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), representatives from governments worldwide and many midwifery experts. The AOM is proud to have acted as a driving force to bring the ICM to Canada and for providing significant organizational support for this important event.
This year the ICM presented the Triennial Report for 2014-2017. The report details the key achievements and strategic partnerships made by ICM in this triennium. It is available in English, Francais and Espagnol.
March for More Midwives
The March for More Midwives was a curtain-raiser for the ICM's 31st Triennial Congress. Thousands of midwives representing 113 countries took over the streets of downtown Toronto in a spectacular parade through the city. The march drew attention to the role of midwives in reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
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