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Message from the Director

Karline Wilson-Mitchell, director, Midwifery Education Program. Photo: Mark Blinch

The Midwifery Education Program (MEP) admitted its first students in September, 1993 as part of a consortium of Laurentian, McMaster, and Ryerson Universities. September, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program, Canada’s flagship MEP.  

This year marks the graduation of 395 Ryerson MEP students in total, out of 1,131 Ontario graduates since 1996. We celebrate with all 26 of this year’s graduates from the part-time, full-time and post-baccalaureate streams. They will join our strong cadre of alumni. To all of our alumni, our midwife preceptors, who supervise our students and teach many of our courses, we send a great thank you!  We could not run this program without you. Please keep in touch on social media.

We applaud all of our alumni who practice in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Nunavik, Quebec. You make us proud. Your service and leadership in the Association of Ontario Midwives, external link, opens in new window, Canadian Association of Midwives, external link, opens in new window, National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, external link, opens in new window and posts in government have demonstrated your extraordinary courage, dedication and passion for social justice. Your volunteer work  globally has allowed CAM Global, external link, opens in new window to share our resources, co-create knowledge and together empower families.  

This year, the MEP moves to the bright, new Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, which boasts 10 clinical experiential rooms, five of which feature computerized video feedback capability and two of which recreate a birth centre setting. With the ability for high- and low-fidelity simulation, we will take clinical skills workshops to a new level.  As sunlight pours into our enlarged classroom, seating over 50, we will gaze out onto the Greater Toronto Area served by our students in placement. This is our city, our service, our learning ground. Ontario midwives now attend 16% of all Ontario births, external link, opens in new window, or, 146,659 per year.

We are extremely grateful for all of our past and present interdisciplinary instructors and staff.  To our provincial funders, stakeholders, and partners, thank you for your continued support. To our donors who support our students through scholarships and grants, endowments and private donations, we thank you! You have invested in midwives, in families and in health for all. Celebrate with us!

- Karline Wilson-Mitchell, director, Midwifery Education Program