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SOCIAL Justice Week

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion would like to formally invite you to the Mandela EDI Social Justice Lecture on October 7th 2015. As part of 5th annual social justice week come out and enjoy the celebration and powerful speakers we have lined up.

Also details of Social Justice Week calendar can be found at: http://www.ryerson.ca/socialjustice/

This year the MEP along with the FCS is closely participating with the sponsors (Social Work Department) and issues relevant and important to midwifery will definitely be included.  Thursday October 8th, "Black Lives Matter" will provide a time for midwifery faculty to present.  Our faculty member, Manavi Handa RM, MA will be a panelist.

Also this year, there will be a special dedication ceremony to name Nelson Mandela Walk.

The layout for the day is as follows:


Mandela Dedication

Outside of Library Building - Victoria and Gould

5:00pm to 5:30pm

Mandela EDI Reception

SCC Thomas Lounge

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Mandela EDI Lecture

LIB 72

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Changes in Clinical Placement Allocations

March 17 2015
The MEP has restructured the allocation of midwifery clinical placements for midwifery students across the three program sites. Until now, midwifery clinical placements have been centrally coordinated at Ryerson University. Going forward, midwifery clinical placements will be coordinated locally by each of the three program sites. Each midwifery practice group has been assigned to one of the three universities as a placement site and students will now be placed with practices affiliated with their specific university.

Read the full letter [pdf] from Director Mary Sharpe for more information.
See the list of midwifery practices [pdf] affiliated with Ryerson University.
Read the FAQs for students [pdf].
Submit your questions by 5PM on March 18th for the following meetings:

  • In person: March 19th, 2:45-3:30 PM in SHE-653.
  • Online: March 19th, 4:00-5:00 PM on Adobe Connect.

Midwifery student brings life experience to the classroom

Congratulations to Kory McGrath, winner of the Founder's Scholarship Award. Read more on Ryerson Today.

Convocation Fall 2014

Congratulations Class of Fall 2014.

Midwifery Faculty & Graduates at Fall Convocation

New Tenured Faculty

Congratulations to Nadya Burton and Karline Wilson-Mitchell who were both recently transferred to the Tenured Faculty at Ryerson University and promoted to Associate Professor.

MEP Information Sessions for prospective students:

The Fall 2014 Information Sessions have been sucessfully completed. Please check back for Fall 2015 Information Sessions in September 2015.

New Preceptor Workshops

Monday, October 20, 2014 (North York)
Monday, October 27, 2014 (Hamilton)
Register here

Ryerson MEP Speaker Series

Oona St-Amant RN, PhD
Balancing Reproductive Power? The Case of NGOs in Tanzania
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Room SHE653, 99 Gerrard St. East
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health
Ryerson University
Read the event flyer


Midwifery Awards

A Reception to Honour the Midwifery Awards Recipients of 2013-2014 and to Thank Our Donors for their Generous Gifts and their Commitment to Our Students 
Thursday November 20th, 2014 6:30pm – 8:30 pm
Thomas Lounge – Oakham House
63 Gould Street



Spring Convocation was held on Thursday June 5th 2014
Congratulations Class of Spring 2014

We are happy to say that Fall Convocation is coming up. Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:30 am .

Faculty of Community Services IMPRINTS Magazine, Spring 2014



Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday May 1, 2014

The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to two deserving midwives for long-standing careers and dedication to the midwifery profession.

This year, the AOM honours Eileen Hutton, RM, PhD (Hamilton) and Vicki Van Wagner, RM, PhD (Toronto) for their influential roles in facilitating midwifery regulation, the formation of the professional association and their continued involvement in Ontario’s Midwifery Education Program.

See more at http://www.ontariomidwives.ca/press-releases/page/association-of-ontario-midwives-announces-award-winners#sthash.YAY9FmUf.dpuf

Toronto Birth Centre

As experts in normal birth, midwives in Ontario have traditionally provided care during labour and birth in a client’s home or in hospital. Now there’s a third option available to midwifery clients who live in Ottawa or Toronto: Women and families can plan to have their baby at a birth centre.

See more at http://www.torontobirthcentre.ca/

3rd Year Students

Happy students complete their 3rd year of midwifery studies at a clinical intensive held in late April 2014. Photo was taken at the end of the last day. Mary Sharpe, Director of the Program is in front.


RFA Career Achievement Award

We are delighted to announce that Judy Rogers has been selected as the RFA Career Achievement Award recipient for 2014! Judy was presented with her award on May 7th, 2014.


Do you know a great preceptor who deserves recognition?

The MEP Clinical Teaching Award will be presented at the AOM Conference in May 2014
Nomination deadline is March 14, 2014.
Please contact preceptorsupport@gmail.com for nomination forms and additional information. See the flyer here.

Teaching & Learning about Diversity & Equity

A Conference for Midwifery Clinical Preceptors
Monday Feb. 10th, 2014
To register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DivEqConf
View the poster.


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.

Read more at:


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, Program Manager mindy.harris@ryerson.ca

RYERSON MEP contingent invades CAM/MANA conference

Niagara Falls – November 2011

CAM/MANA conference


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


Holliday Tyson

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 "Mothering and Congenital Abnormalities in a Conflicted Social Context" presented at Ryerson Arteries conference. http://arteries.wordpress.com/abstracts-2

The Birth of RyHSSA

Ryerson Midwifery student shows interprofessional initiative. Read more here. For more information about RyHSSA, contact: ryhssa@ryerson.ca


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to Kory McGrath on receiving the Founder's Scholarship Award
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Congratulations to our
Fall 2014 graduates!

Admissions interviews for the 2015 admissions cycle will be held on April 17th and 18th, 2015, at Ryerson University. Please note that Interviews are conducted in-person only.

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