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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 will be presented with her award on May 7th, 2014.


Admissions interviews for the 2014 admissions cycle will be held on April 11th and 12th, 2014, at Ryerson University. Please note that Interviews are conducted in-person only. Unfortunately phone/other methods of interview cannot be accommodated.


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.


2014 Preceptor Webinar Series
Working with the Struggling Student: March 6, 2014
Communication & Conflict Management: April 28, 2014
Precepting the Senior Student: May 13, 2014
Read more and register online.


Ryerson MEP Speaker Series
March 5, 2014
Sarah Cayer, Licensed homebirth midwife in NY, will be speaking on Midwifery: Art, Science and Politics from 4-6 pm in SHE-653.
View the poster.


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.

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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 mindy.harris@ryerson.ca


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

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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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 will be presented with her award on May 7th, 2014.

2014 Preceptor Webinar Series
Sign up online.

Dean's Teaching Award
Midwifery Professor Elizabeth Allemang is the 2013 recipient of the Dean's Teaching Award, Faculty of Community Services.
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New Criminal Reference Check Policy and Procedure
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Ontario to create midwife-led birthing centres
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