New grads - a milstone for midwifery
The midwifery education program (MEP) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Ryerson’s midwifery program started when the profession became provincially regulated 20 years ago. Ontario was the first province in Canada to regulate the profession in 1994, resulting in a consortium of three universities creating education programs: Ryerson, McMaster and Laurentian. Ryerson’s first student cohort entered the program in fall 1993.
With regulation, midwives became publicly funded, autonomous primary caregivers for women during pregnancy and delivery, and for women and babies up to six weeks postpartum. They were able to apply for hospital privileges and care for women choosing both hospital and home births. All care, from pre-natal to after birth, is done through the midwife. Most provinces and territories in Canada now regulate midwifery and uphold the Ontario model that is recognized internationally. The model is based on three fundamental beliefs: continuity of care; choice of birthplace; and informed choice.
Dean's Teaching Award
The 2013 recipient of the Dean's Teaching Award, Faculty of Community Services is Midwifery Professor Elizabeth Allemang. Read more at http://www.ryerson.ca/fcs/faculty/
IMPORTANT: Revised Criminal Reference Check Policy March 2013.
The Midwifery Education Program Criminal Reference Check policy has been revised. You can read it here.
Any questions about the new CRC Policy should be directed to Mindy Harris, Acting Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario to create midwife-led birthing centres
Ontario is creating two birthing centres run by midwives in a pilot project aimed at giving expectant mothers more choice in how they deliver their baby. For more information, see the CBC news report
RYERSON MEP contingent invades CAM/MANA conference
Niagara Falls – November 2011
Mary Sharpe (wearing scarf), Director of the Ryerson MEP, is surrounded by current and former students of the program at the joint Canadian Association of Midwives/Midwives Alliance of North America (CAM/MANA) conference 2011.
Front row (L-R): Simone Rosenberg (Student); Mary Sharpe (Director); Grace Sohmer RM, Ottawa (Grad 2011); Margo Seymour (Student); Natalie Tregaskiss RM, RN, Toronto (Grad 2011).
Back row (L-R): Teegan Odell RM, Saskatchewan (Grad 2011); Safire Naranjo RM, Toronto (Grad 2009) and baby; April Hoyt (Student); Diane Simon (Student) with baby Sibu and big brother Muin; Leah Gold (Student); Jill Parsons (Student).
Photo courtesy Loreto Freire: International and Interprofessional Education Coordinator, Ryerson MEP
For more information about ARMS and the student conference click here.
News from the ICM Congress 2011, Durban SA
The State of the World's Midwifery Report launched today in Durban! Read commentary on the report and finally, a nice article about our own Bridget Lynch, first Canadian midwife to be elected ICM President
Judith Rachel Harris Foundation Awards for 2011-12
The Midwifery awards endowment from the Judith Rachel Harris Foundation, received in 2009, was matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Success (OTSS), a provincial government program that provides matching dollars for donations to universities for student scholarships and awards.
Because of the high rate of matching received on these funds, we are fortunate to be receiving a high rate of return on the endowment each year. This means that we have funding to support more than one recipient for many of these awards.
Where there are funds available and there are two or more eligible applicants who are equally qualified, these awards may be given to TWO recipients.
Midwifery professor Nadya Burton wins Deans' Teaching Award
Thirteen professors from across the university were celebrated for their teaching excellence at the 2011 Faculty Teaching Awards, including Nadya Burton.
New information about the MEP Education Awards.
Find out more and apply for an award today.
Topic: How Early is Too Early? Extreme pre-term birth and the role of midwives as client educators. See the video as a .wmv streamed file or visit this page (please note: the video is approximately 1 hour longand the file size 200MB). To download the video to your computer, right click this link - and choose "Save as" or "Save target as."
Award of Merit
Midwifery student Sabrina Connor wins Award of Merit for paper presented at Ryerson Arteries conference. http://arteries.wordpress.com/abstracts-2